ScWk 298 Special Project Paper Guidelines

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ScWk 298 Special Project Paper Guidelines Title Page Abstract (separate page, maximum 250 words) The abstract provides a general overview of the study and its main findings. More specifically, it should contain a brief description of the study’s purpose, the methodology utilized, a statement about the main findings as they relate to the research questions and/or hypotheses, and the implications of your findings to the profession. The abstract length should not exceed 250 words and is typed single spaced on a separate page. Also, for the final draft, two copies of the abstract should be provided: one with the paper and one that will be filed with the School of Social Work in our cumulative index for reference. Introduction (2-3 pages) The introduction has two important objectives: it provides a context for the study and it presents the research questions and/or hypotheses. This section needs to incorporate up-to-date literature (e.g., current demographic statistics and trends, new and innovative studies) to articulate clearly the problem that you wish to investigate in addition to providing a rationale for the methodology used. The essential questions that should be answered by this section are: (a) what is the practical and theoretical importance of this study?; and (b) how will the findings of this study contribute to knowledge both in social work and other disciplines? Literature Review (4-5 pages) The literature review provides an integrated and synthetic summary of the literature that pertains to your problem area, with a particular focus on the variables you examined in your study. Themes, findings or chronology may be used to organize this section. Please note that the literature review is not an annotation (i.e., direct summary of each article, book, book chapter or report); rather, it presents an overview of how these sources of information converge or diverge to illustrate and support your research goals. It is strongly recommended that you review the formats of various literature reviews found in your ScWk 240 reader and examine articles in scholarly journals such as Social Work Research , Health & Social Work , Social Work , Social Services Review , and Child Welfare to assist in the development of this section. A theoretical framework section is also needed to explain, organize and predict the findings of your study. You need to present in a brief fashion the theory or conceptual model (e.g., ecological systems theory, stages of racial identity development) that informed your study design and method of analysis. It is strongly recommended that you select only one theory/conceptual framework for you study, but more than one is acceptable. Sometimes the study’s research questions and/or hypotheses are presented at the end of the literature review instead of in the introduction.
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Methodology (5-6 pages) Study Design Describe the research approach(es) you used: quantitative and/or qualitative along with the exact design within that approach. For example, for a quantitative project, state specifically
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