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Model BehaviorA Research ProposalKeisha HendricksLiberty University
AbstractThis presentation introduces a proposal for research. The research design, variables, and other factors are discussed to determine viability of the study. Other factors such as samples, methods, data collection and analysis, and more are discussed in a manner that offers a brief but concise scope of a ten-month study during an academic school year.
PurposeThe purpose of the proposed qualitative research is to attempt to find ways to improve scholastic or academic achievement or success in adolescent girls from low-income or impoverished backgrounds. Youth from low-income background are considered to be more at risk of certain behaviors or paths than their peers from moderate to high income backgrounds. Youth from low-income backgrounds also maintain lower standardized test scores than their peers from moderate to high income background incomes. This research can enlighten the educational community of ways to increase academic success via utilizing positive role-models as mentors for the young girls.
Research QuestionsThe research should answer the following three questions:Does low-income, poverty, or low socioeconomic status affect the academic performance or success of young girls, and if so, in what ways are the adolescents affected?Can the introduction of a positive, female role-model positively influence the performance or success of young girls, and if so, in what ways are the adolescents positively affected?Should access to positive, female role-models be available to low-income communities as a regular function of the community?
Variables, Operational Definitions, & Key TermsThere are many variables to consider when conducting this research. The predominate variables include age, family or household structure, annual household income, and race. The location of the school where the children learn is also an important factor or variable. Low-income students who study at school in moderate to high income neighborhoods are likely to perform better than those students who study at inner-city schools that are as impoverished as the inhabitants of the surrounding neighborhood. Lastly, variables such as how much time each student can spend studying should also be considered for the most accurate results possible at the conclusion of the study.
Variables, Operational Definitions, & Key Terms (cont’d)There are a few operational definitions to consider to fully understand the purpose and scope of the research. Academic success (or scholastic achievement) means completing standardized tests at the expected performance level, or above the expected performance level. Low-income refers to students belonging to families that earn at or below the national poverty line. Race more so means ethnicity or ethnic background than race itself. There could be a child that is half-Latino and half-Black. The child’s race is, technically, Black, but the child’s ethnicity could be 100% Latino, depending on her upbringing.