The authors also provide quick tips on how to identify a topic of interest.

Week 3 Discussion

Developing a Research Question

CAPSTONE 2015

 

  • DUE  WEDNESDAY 9PM NEW YORK TIME 1-2 PAGE APA FORMAT IN-TEXT CITATIONS AND REFERENCE PAGE. PLEASE USE THE UPLOADED RESOURCE IN CITATIONS AND REFERENCES.

THE SELECTED PROBLEM/ISSUE

The direction of my research I’d like to focus on the issue of Recidivism, I favor a program called The Missouri Reentry Process (MRP); both Policy Policy Analysis, and Program Evaluation. The goal of my paper (if accepted) will be to evaluate this program (MRP). The complete objective is to look at this program as a possible national model toward recidivism control.

THE ASSIGNMENT

DUE Wednesday by 9pm a one-sentence research question that addresses the problem or issue you selected for your Capstone Project. Then, explain why you think the question is a viable research question for the scope of this course. Finally, describe any challenges you encountered when conceptualizing problems or issues as research questions.

 

Readings
  • Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., & Williams, J. M. (2008). The craft of research(3rd ed.). Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.
    • Chapter 3, “From Topics to Questions” (pp. 35–50)

      In this chapter, the authors discuss the process of narrowing an interest into a viable research question. The authors also provide quick tips on how to identify a topic of interest.

  • Machi, L. A., & McEvoy, B. T. (2012). The literature review: Six steps to success (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
    • Chapter 2, “Step 2. Search the Literature” (pp. 37–62)

      This chapter explores step 2 of the literature review model, “search the literature.” This step consists of the following three tasks: select the literature to review, conduct the literature search, and refine the study topic. The chapter provides specific strategies and activities that support the completion of each task.

    • Chapter 3, “Step 3. Develop the Argument” (pp. 63–86)

      This chapter explains step 3 of the literature review process, “develop the argument.” The chapter details specific concepts that need to be taken into consideration when selecting literature (step 4).

  • Empire State College. (n.d.). Developing a research question. Retrieved August 28, 2014, from http://www8.esc.edu/esconline/across_esc/writerscomplex.nsf/0/f87fd7182f0ff21c852569c2005a47b7
  • Document: Peer Review Guidelines (PDF)

    This document provides a list of review attributes and criteria to judge the strengths and weaknesses of research questions, and advises using diplomacy when giving feedback.

  • Document: Research Question Guidelines (PDF)

    This document summarizes the key attributes and criteria for relevant research questions, such as clarity, focus, complexity, and directness. Proper framing of questions is also addressed.

 

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