A Research Proposal stating both a research problem and a broad research question
SOCW 6301 Week 4
Assignment: Introduction to Research Proposals
Just because you thought of an interesting research question and have a desire to conduct research does not mean that your research will automatically be supported by faculty or funded by an organization. In order to gain stakeholder approval, you must submit a research proposal. Much like an outline of a paper or a treatment of a movie script, the research proposal contains several parts that begin with a research question and end with a literature review. For this Assignment, you compile a research proposal that includes a research problem, research question, and a literature review.
For this Assignment, the case studies entitled “Social Work Research: Couple Counseling” Consider how you might select among the issues presented to formulate a research proposal.
Be sure to consult the outline in Chapter 14 the Yegidis et al. text for content suggestions for the sections of a research proposal. As you review existing research studies, notice how the authors identify a problem, focus the research question, and summarize relevant literature. These can provide you with a model for your research proposal.
Include all of the main sections of a Research report:
Title Abstract Introduction Review of Literature Statement of Research Questions and Hypotheses Methodology Findings Discussion Limitations Recommendations for Future Research, Implications for Social Work Conclusion References and Appendices
Submit a 5- to 6-page research proposal
· A Research Proposal stating both a research problem and a broad research question (may be either qualitative or quantitative).
· Use a minimum of 8 of the most relevant literature resources to support the need for the study, define concepts, and define variables relevant to the question.
· Include a literature review explaining what previous research has found in relation to your problem and question.
· The literature review should also include a description of methods used by previous researchers.
· Finally, be sure to explain how your proposed study addresses a gap in existing knowledge.
Proper English with no run-on sentences is an absolute requirement!
The paper must contain a minimum of 8 references and citations.
Yegidis, B. L., Weinbach, R. W., & Myers, L. L. (2018). Research methods for social workers (8th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.
· Review Chapter 4, “Conducting the Literature Review and Developing Research Hypothesis” (pp. 71-99)
Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Social work case studies: Foundation year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].
· Social Work Research: Couples Counseling
· Social Work Research: Couples Counseling Social Work Research: Using Multiple Assessments