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Hypothesis: Why Do Levels of Police Brutality Differ Between the Rich, Whites, the Impoverished, and Individuals from Minority Groups Like Blacks?
Submit your final research proposal. Note: You will not actually carry out your research project (i.e. operationalize your research design) in this class. You are writing a proposal for this assignment (which is often used to obtain funding such as a grant to complete the research). Your proposal should have the following sections:
Title Page: Your title page should include the working title of your research project proposal, your name, date, and course title.
Abstract: Include an abstract for your proposal.
Introduction: The introduction is where you identify your specific research question and where you set the general context for the study. In this section you need to include:
* a statement of the problem or general research question and context leading to a clear statement of the specific research question;
* background and contextual material justifying why this case or topic should be studied; and
* a purpose statement.
Literature Review: This short preliminary literature review section reviews the literature important to your specific research question. The literature review focuses on discussing how other researchers have addressed the same or similar research questions. It introduces the study and places it in larger context that includes a discussion of why it is important to study this case. It provides the current state of accumulated knowledge as it relates to your specific research question. In this section you should:
* Summarize the general state of the literature (cumulative knowledge base) on the specific research question. For example, if you discuss other studies that have been conducted you would summarize the researcher’s findings, how those findings were obtained, and conduct an evaluation of biases in the findings.
* This section should provide a broad overview of the primary arguments related to the topic and organizes the general views on the main aspects of the topic by theme, which could be the prevailing arguments or schools of thought, or commonly held beliefs that your particular topic may challenge.
* Include a short conclusion and transition to the next section.
In your literature review you should also discuss the theoretical framework to be used in the study. You should ensure you cover the following in your discussion:
* a summary of the theory or model to be used in the study, including a diagram of the model if appropriate;
* comment on the kinds of questions this theory has been used to answer in the past and why it is appropriate to use in this proposed study
* To really drive this home, you want to end your literature review with a discussion of the current knowledge gaps. This is an opportunity to once again promote the importance of your own research. How will your research fit within this larger body of knowledge? What are you doing differently? What gaps will your research fill?
* For some additional information on how to organize your theoretical framework into your paper, check out this USC Library guide on Theoretical Frameworks.
From here you would then include a transition into your methodology section. USE HEADINGS!
Research Design and Methods: Describes how you will answer your research question or test the hypothesis. This section describes your overall research design and how you plan to collect, synthesize, and interpret your data. It should include:
* identification and operationalization (measurement) of variables;
* a sampling plan (i.e., study population and sampling procedures, if appropriate);
* justification of case studies used;
* data collection/sources (secondary literature, archives, interviews, surveys, etc.);
* a summary of analysis procedures (pattern-matching, etc.); and
* the limitations of study and bias discussion.
Conclusion: Reemphasizes the importance of your study and ties the proposal together.
Reference List: As with all academic papers you need to reference the works that you have cited (direct quotes or paraphrases) in the text of your document and incorporate a complete reference list at the end. This list needs to be in APA.
Remember that the references you use demonstrate your knowledge of the topic area. This research proposal is meant to convince your professor that you not only have identified a worthy question in need of investigation, but that you are also capable of carrying out the research involved to successfully answer that question. At the very least you should have referenced 12-15 peer-reviewed sources in this proposal.
* Your paper must be at a minimum of 8 pages (the Title and Reference pages do not count towards the minimum limit).
* Scholarly and credible references should be used. A good rule of thumb is at least 2 scholarly sources per page of content.
* At least 12-15 peer reviewed sources are required.
* Type in Times New Roman, 12 point and double space.
* Students will follow the current APA Style as the sole citation and reference style used in written work submitted as part of coursework.
* Points will be deducted for the use of Wikipedia or encyclopedic type sources. It is highly advised to utilize books, peer-reviewed journals, articles, archived documents, etc.
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