Written Assignment #3
SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY
Sections 8, 9
Edward Cohen, Ph.D.
School of Social Work
(Due by 5pm 12/10/08)
Please write in no more
than 13 pages total:
*** The title page, abstract, appendices, and references ARE NOT included in the page limit
Abstract should be 250 words or fewer and should summarize the entire proposal. Include the
following information: research statement, research question and/or hypothesis, research
design, sampling procedures and estimated sample size, study site, data collection methods,
anticipated findings and implications for social work.
Abstract should be on a separate page
and is not part of your page count limit.
Your REVISED introduction including the appropriate components.
Note that you should
have moved your hypothesis and/or research question formulated in the first
assignment to the end of the literature review.
Remember that a research statement, a
hypothesis, and a research question are 3 different concepts.
Make sure you know the
difference among these.
Your REVISED literature review including the appropriate components: background, theory,
“body” sections, and hypothesis(es) and/or research question(s) which were moved from the
introduction to the end of the literature review.
Your methods which includes:
– Identifying and describing the specific design or method for the
quantitative and/or qualitative components of your study, i.e., cross-sectional survey
research, classical experimental design, phenomenology, ethnography, etc.
– Identifying and describing:
Sampling frame, specific sampling method with procedures (i.e., simple random
sampling, convenience sampling, etc.), and your anticipated sample size
Demographic description, in general, of your prospective participants
– Identifying and describing where your study will take place
Variables and Measurement, and/or Themes
Operational definition for all quantifiable variables (including controls) and/or
description of qualitative themes consistent with your study’s model
Description of quantitative and/or qualitative instruments, for example, a
detailed description of the survey and example items for a quantitative
measure, and/or the questions asked in an interview.
Also include a discussion
about the reliability and validity of these instruments, and/or procedures for
establishing the credibility, trustworthiness, and verification for qualitative data.
Also refer to the appendix where sample items and/or copies of your
instruments will be placed as part of the paper.
Human Subjects Considerations
– Describing how you will obtain informed consent,
ensure participants’ confidentiality or anonymity, protect them from harm, and submit
your proposal to an IRB for review and approval.