Submit one document with portions A+B+C with one title page and one reference page.
Your task for this portion of the paper is to explore one research method that could be used in your proposed study.
METHODOLOGY: Select one of the research methods listed below
Quantitative content analysis
Qualitative content analysis
Interview/focus group design
Critical textual analysis
Describe and summarize the method your selected
Explain the advantages and disadvantages of your select method
Cite and reference articles that used the research method you chose
The sources should be from the last 7-10 years
Average papers cite at least two scholarly sources (in addition to those previously cited).
Explain why this method fits your research topic and theory
Define and describe your population and sample
What is your sampling design? Does your sampling design involve random or non-random sampling? How will you select your sample?
(if applicable) Describe how will you administer your survey instrument?
(if applicable) Describe how/when you will conduct observations.
(if applicable) Describe how/when you will conduct interviews.
What are the concepts/variables in your study?
Describe how those concepts will be operationalized or measured.
(if applicable) What is your level of measurement?
(if applicable) Which are the independent/dependent variables?
How will you control for validity and reliability?
Describe ethical considerations
How will you protect participants’ right to privacy?
How will you protect your participants’ right to free choice about participating in the study?
How will you protect the participants’ right to be treated with respect?
LIMITATIONS: What are the limitations to your research?
SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH: What future research might your study point to?
You must use high-quality published sources to support your paper. High quality sources are academic books and articles in refereed journals (either print or online). You may NOT use non-refereed websites (i.e., Wikipedia) or textbooks as sources. You may only use the text from this course to explain the methodology and to define terms related to the methodology.
Part of the assessment of your paper will be the quality of the research materials you can find. Use book materials and peer-reviewed articles, not quick summary webpages. Look in the citations and reference bibliographies of books and articles to find additional things to look at.
“The Encyclopedia of Communication Theory” is a useful resource for gathering information about your theory. You can find the resource here from the Pfau Library.
Refereed (peer reviewed) articles can be found by searching academic databases such as PsychInfo, Communication Mass Media Complete, EbscoHost, etc. Also feel free to ask for suggestions. All sources used in writing the paper should be cited within the text of the paper and in a reference list at the end of the paper in APA style.
Your paper should be well written and clearly organized (introduction, body, conclusion), and should have a clear central thesis (main point). It should be professionally presented and completely free of typographical, spelling, usage, and grammatical errors. The title of your paper, your name, the date, and number and name of this course should appear on the title page. Pages should be numbered in the APA format page header. You do not need an abstract for this paper. You should write in paragraph format – do not use bullet or numbered lists.
The paper should be typed with normal fonts (Times New Roman, 12 point), double-spaced, and one-inch margins on all sides. As with all assignments, you should comply with APA guidelines. Use section headings to show the organization of your paper. The bold items in the guidelines above could be used for your section headings. Remember, this is a proposal for a study, so you will be writing in the future tense. Also, remember to write in third person singular (e.g., this paper, this study, the researcher, etc.)
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