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This course has been developed to provide you with the opportunity to “bring it all together” in the form of an integrative project, which is ultimately a research proposal. The project is built on the predication that psychology is an evidence-based science that applies psychological principles. The elements of this Integrative Project (Research Proposal): Chapters 15 are developed to provide you the opportunity to “integrate” these critical factors into a research proposal that uses the competencies related to your specialization in psychology.
Research is iterative, meaning you get closer to the goal with each version. Since the elements of the project overlap and build upon one another, a revision in one area of the proposal may precipitate the need to revise other sections. With each attempt, address and incorporate all feedback and use critical thinking and sound judgement to develop and refine your proposal. You are required to use the entire template each time you submit your assessment, but only the sections identified in the assessment instructions will be graded for that submission. Anticipate multiple revisions of each chapter.
Note: Developing a research proposal requires specific steps that need to be executed in a sequence. The assessments in this course must be completed in order. You must wait until the previous version is graded to submit again. It is essential to track the updates to the document and to ask the instructor about preference on that option.
You will be provided a rubric that identifies not only the areas that should be addressed, but also the different levels of cognitive processes that could be applied. In the Capella model of Bloom’s Taxonomy, you should meet at least the middle level of cognitive application. This is what is expected and required of a practitioner-scholar.
This entire course is designed to take you through the process of completing your Integrative Project (Research Proposal): Chapters 15.
For your project, your task is to develop a research proposal that identifies a gap in the current body of research and proposes original research that builds upon the existing theoretical foundation in your area of specialization. This is accomplished by thoroughly reviewing what is already known in the literature, identifying what needs further exploration (often located in the future directions section in the literature), and developing a proposal that expounds on your plan to fill that gap. An analysis of previous studies and methods should be used as the foundation of your work. A deep understanding of the literature will allow you to propose new research that will build upon what is already known and contribute to the existing body of knowledge.
When compiled, the chapters and sections will provide a comprehensive research proposal appropriate for your specialization.
Each submission should follow a similar format:
Introduce the content of the section.
Present a thorough, evidence-based discussion of the topics in that section.
Provide a conclusion of the discussion and a transition to the next topic.
The completed research proposal should be approximately 2530 pages in length and must be presented in APA format.
As you begin to think through the focus of your Integrative Project (Research Proposal): Chapters 15, keep in mind that this course is designed to be a process that you, as a professional, will use to ensure that your work is evidence based, addresses a specific topic in the field of psychology, provides a methodology for answering the research question, and indicates an understanding that your profession is one of lifelong learning and professional development.
Develop a draft of CHAPTER 1. While you will have the opportunity to revisit and finalize Chapter 1 in Assessment 4, this submission should be fully developed.
Note: Developing a research proposal requires specific steps that need to be executed in a sequence. The assessments in this course are presented in sequence and must be completed in order. Only one assessment can be submitted at a time. Subsequent submissions should include highlighted changes.
For your first project assessment, you will draft CHAPTER 1, using the appropriate guide that is located in the resource section of this assessment. This outline will provide you with an opportunity to make a case as to why this research should be explored. Make sure that your rationale is evidence based.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
Competency 1: Determine the scientific merit of the professional literature.
Background of the study: Summarize briefly what is known so far about the phenomena under investigation.
Statement of the problem: Present the description of the research problem and an explanation that describes how the research problem led to the current research question.
Purpose of the study: Describe what information is needed in order to advance the knowledge base.
Research design: Summarize the design approach by identifying whether it is qualitative or quantitative.
Competency 6: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological profession.
Adhere to APA style and formatting guidelines; writing is concise and well organized.
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Because this is a psychology course, you must format this assessment according to APA guidelines, since it is the writing style of the profession. Use the following resources to guide your work. Additional resources about APA can be found in the Research Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
Chapter 1, “Writing for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.”
Chapter 2, “Manuscript Structure and Content.”
Chapter 3, “Writing Clearly and Concisely.”
The following resources are required to complete the assessment.
Qualitative Integrative Project Template [DOCX].
Quantitative Integrative Project Template [DOCX].
The resources provided here are optional. You may use other resources of your choice to prepare for this assessment; however, you will need to ensure that they are appropriate, credible, and valid.
Organizing Your Research
Database Research Log.
This will help you in recording search terms and databases.
This will be helpful in tracking articles.
Scholarly Research Log [XLS].
This will help you organize the articles read according to theory, methods, and findings.
Psychology Library Research Guide (MS).
Capella Library: More Services and Tools.
Research Proposal Development Resources
Purdue OWL. (2017). Choosing a topic. Retrieved from https://www.owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/658/03
Bui, Y. N. (2014). How to write a master’s thesis (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing.
Chapter 2, “Selecting a Research Topic.”
Galvan, J. L., & Galvan, M. C. (2017). Writing literature reviews: A guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences (7th ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.
Chapter 3, “Selecting a Topic and Identifying Literature for Review.”
Chapter 10, “Guidelines for Writing a First Draft.”
Title and Abstract Creation:
Rodrigues, V. (2013). How to write an effective title and abstract and choose appropriate keywords. Retrieved from https://www.editage.com/insights/how-to-write-an-effective-title-and-abstract-and-choose-appropriate-keywords
Peoples, G. (2013). Writing research questions [Video]. | Transcript. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqJkMZXsbeY
This video explains how to identify sub-topics and turn them into a good research question.
Literature Review Process .
For doctoral learners, we recommend scheduling a free, personalized Capstone Literature Review Consultation with a Capella University librarian as your first course of action. This is a scheduled, 30 minute, one-on-one telephone consultation with a Capella University librarian to help you find the most relevant research articles for your literature review.
Use the free Smarthinking tutoring service to receive feedback on your writing.
Before you begin, carefully read the course overview and syllabus as well as chapters 1-3 of the APA manual. Review the Chapters 15 Integrated Project Overview document under Required Resources and the Research Proposal Development Resources under Suggested Resources. These tools are fundamental to your understanding of how to approach the first stage of research.
The introductory section of your Integrative Project (Research Proposal): Chapters 15 will include two significant descriptions:
The area of practice that you have chosen for the project.
The significance of this topic for the scientific community.
For Assessment 1, you will submit a draft of CHAPTER 1 for feedback and grading. To complete this assessment, you need to do the following:
Identify a topic as it relates to the field of psychology. The more specific and focused your topic, the more useful and comprehensive it will be. Present your topic that will guide your search of the literature. Be sure, as you identify your topic, to identify the context that the population inhabits. Consider identifying gender, developmental stage, age range, region, diagnoses or health status, intervention or therapy, assessment tools, racial identity, ethnic identity, class, history and other specifics associated with the questions that you wish to explore.
Identify the knowledge gap or problem you wish to address. In your proposal, your readers will need to understand why this research is needed and how it would contribute to the overall knowledge pool. To help with this process, become familiar with existing literature. As you read the work of others, consider the following:
What types of problems are all or most of the authors attempting to address?
What questions are these authors explicitly asking? What questions might they be implicitly asking?
Create a research question that serves as the guiding question for the proposal, which should include a valid reason for your positioning. The research question should determine the scope of your proposal.
Walkthrough: You may view the following walkthrough video to help you complete the Draft of CHAPTER 1 assessment:
Draft of Chapter 1 Walkthrough.
***LINK HERE: http://media.capella.edu/CourseMedia/psy-fp5201element19295/wrapper.asp
Use the appropriate template (qualitative or quantitative) that is located in the resource section CHAPTER 1.
Please refer to the APA manual, pages 2728, for detailed instructions on how to complete this assignment. You must use the required subheadings that are listed in the templates provided.
Title page: Include a brief yet descriptive title of 15 words or less.
For tips on writing titles, read the How to Write an Effective Title and Abstract and Choose Appropriate Keywords document linked in the Resources.
Abstract: Leave this blank for now. You will complete this in Chapter 4.
Table of contents (TOC).
Introduction: Start your proposal by presenting “the problem being investigated, the importance of the study, and an overview of your research strategy. Use the literature to support your statement of the problem.”
Background of the Problem
What do we know so far about the area of the literature that you reviewed?
What do you think we need to know to advance the knowledge base?
How will this new knowledge serve the stakeholders (scientists, care providers, families, patients, institutions) that may in turn be served by implementation of new developments?
Statement of the Problem
Identify the gap in research or the need for additional research in your area.
Purpose of the Study
Why does the problem deserve new research?
Are you resolving inconsistency in previous research? Extending the reach of a theory? Solving a social problem?
Significance of the Study
Describe the significance of the proposed investigation by explaining how the results promise to advance the scientific knowledge base. In three sentences or fewer, explain how this inquiry is original.
Articulate whether the research question is a qualitative or a quantitative question and provide a rationale. For quantitative research questions, include your hypothesis or hypotheses.
Definition of Terms
For a qualitative study, the definition of terms should relate to how the participants should interpret the definitions.
For a quantitative study, the definition of terms should relate to how the variables will be quantified.
Discuss the method and how the question will be answered. Be sure to make mention of the relevant APA Code of Ethics, but not how you intend to address them. How you will address the codes and ensure they are adhered to will be covered in Chapter 3.
Include at least 10 scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. Make sure they are also cited within text.