In addition, you will undertake a
research proposal and pilot study.
The research proposal will cover a literaturereview, critique, and analysis; development/refinement of a conceptual framework that guides the research questionsand research design; well-crafted research questions grounded in prior empirical and theoretical research; and a well-developed research design that is also appropriate to the theoretical approach underlying the study. The researchwill involve researching, when appropriate, Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements (see web sitehttp://www.uwm.edu/Dept/RSA/Public/irb.htmland for procedures for submitting a protocol); and instrumentdevelopment. This assignment is explained in a separate hand-out. I strongly urge you to begin this projectimmediately; you may be surprised how long it takes to formulate a research question and appropriate researchdesign. You will submit interim drafts of the research study during the semester. Deadlines are indicated on theproject assignment handout.
Your final grade in the class is based on:Examinations40%Class preparation, participation, attendance 10%Research proposal and study 50%
Most of the readings will be selections from books and journals. Most will be available from e-reserve. In thosecases in which I am requesting you to read more than one chapter from a book, you can locate the book on thetraditional reserve system at Golda Meir (since they do not allow multiple chapters from one source to be placed on e-reserve). Depending on student interest, I may add or substitute readings over the course of the semester.
In writing your research proposal,
three books will be useful in guiding you as you design your study and craft thedevelopment of arguments and claims. All (though not necessarily the latest editions) are available on reserve atGolda Meir Library:Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb & Joseph M. Williams. 2003.
The Craft of Research.
Second edition.Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Q180.55 M4 B66 2003
O’Leary, Zina. 2004.
The Essential Guide to Doing Research.
Q 180.55 M4 0425X 2004
Browne, M. Neil & Stuart M. Keeley. Eight Edition.
Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking.
Fourth edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.There are also a few
books that will be particularly useful to you in
developing your research study.
Because of the small size of the seminar, I have not placed them on reserve, but most are all available at Golda Meir Library.Andrews, Frank M., Laura Klem, Terrence N. Davidson, Patrick M. O’Malley & Willard L. Rodgers. 1981.
AGuide for Selecting Statistical Techniques for Analyzing Social Science Data.
Second edition. Ann Arbor, MI:Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.
HA 29 G897 1981
Bechtel, Robert B., Robert W. Marans & William Michelson, eds. 1987.
Methods in Environmental andBehavioral Research.
New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold
. BF 353 M48 1990