W7000 Advanced Academic Study & Writing Week 4.1

Assignment 2: Course Project Task III/Developing a Research Question



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In Module 1, you posted your initial research topic and potential research questions. You were then able to use the key words in your initial questions to help you locate research articles in the databases and to begin thinking about a possible theoretical or conceptual framework that could link them, as you reviewed empirical articles on your topic. You also received feedback from your peers and your instructor on your topic and initial questions, especially around how to think about research questions in a more focused, relational way: how one variable [independent] might relate to or affect another variable [dependent]. Consider these variables–think about what you might want to explore/investigate. Keep in mind what you have learned about theory: You may want to re-look at Creswell’s rainbow concept in Module 3 of a theoretical framework as an arc bridging possible variables. Also, think about the recent peer discussions around the idea of a theoretical or conceptual framework as another way to help you, along with the supplementary materials on research topics/research questions in Doc Sharing.

In Assignment 1 of this week, you reviewed and critiqued a literature review and saw how a question helps to frame the supporting literature to be reviewed and selected to highlight the importance of the research question and study.

By Friday, March 31, 2017 , submit your research question to the Discussion Area.




You will receive feedback from your peers and facilitator on your submission.


All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources.



Please make sure you review the elements of the grading criteria and associated points carefully and make sure your assignment has addressed all the elements and in enough detail to merit full points.


Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points Research topic and question are clearly stated in the introductory paragraph using the relational model2Research question is relational, focused, and indicates clearly the two variables of interest and the specific relationship between them6The theoretical framework that informs the research question is clearly discussed. Definitions of key variables are given.2Explained the background of the problem, the need for the study, and the educational and practical significance of the proposed research.8Provided feedback to a minimum of three of your classmates using the given grading criteria.6Total: 24