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The Effect of Social Media on Adolescents’ Social and Academic
Development

Developing a Qualitative Research Plan For
the Final Project, students will develop a Qualitative Research Plan based on
their selected Dissertation topic.

Please
note:
This is not meant to be a full
research plan in that you will not be constructing data collection instruments or
generating data to use. The Final Project is meant to develop understanding
about the relationships between research questions, research design, and data
organization and analysis. For this Project, you will consider more the design
and methodology of the qualitative research you propose.

Some, but not all, course assignments
lead into the Final Project.

The Final Project should include the
following:

Title

A. 
Opening statement (a clear statement
demonstrating that the focus of the study is on a significant problem worthy of
study)

B. 
Background of the study

a. 
Summary of the literature framing history of
the project, using 10 articles related to the problem

b. 
Gaps and/or deficiencies in prior research

c. 
Importance of present study

 
i. 
Why the
study should be pursued

 
ii. 
For whom is
it important

C. 
Problem statement (describes the need for
increased understanding about the issue to be studied)

D. 
Purpose of the study

a. 
Research design (narrative, grounded theory,
ethnography, case study, phenomenology)

b. 
Intent (understand, describe, explore,
develop, etc.)

c. 
Central phenomenon of the study

d. 
General definition of central phenomenon

E. 
Research question(s)

a. 
Central question(s)

b. 
Sub-questions (where applicable)

F. 
Theoretical or conceptual framework

a.  Theoretical
or conceptual basis and origin of or source for theory or describe concepts

b.  Where
and how theory has been applied or concepts evidenced previously

c.  The
major propositions or hypotheses of the theory, if used

d.  How
the theory relates to the present study or state how the concepts are important
to the present study and provide a lens for it; rationale for that theoretical
expectation or conceptual lens

G. 
Nature of the study

a. 
Design

 
i. 
Paradigm
(qualitative)

 
ii. 
Design (narrative,
grounded theory, ethnography, case study, phenomenology)

 
iii. 
Rationale
for the design, with explanations why other likely choices would be less
effective

b. 
Methodology

 
i. 
Participants

 
ii. 
Site

 
iii. 
Researcher’s
role in data collection procedures

 
iv. 
Sampling

1. 
Type of sampling

2. 
How the sample will be drawn

3. 
Sample size and why chosen in relation to
population size

 
v. 
Data
collection procedures (interviews, focus groups, observations, etc.)

 
vi. 
Data
analysis and interpretation plan: indicate what analytical tools and procedures
will be applied to each set of data collected

c. 
Limitations

 
i. 
Potential
design and/or methodological weaknesses of the study

 
ii. 
Explain how
the weaknesses will be addressed

 
iii. 
Threats to quality
and how they will be potentially addressed in the study

d. 
Ethical concerns

 
i. 
Describe
your proposed procedure for providing informed consent and any ethical concerns
with which you may need to deal

H. 
Significance of the study

a. 
Practical contributions of the study

b. 
For whom the study is important

Implications for social

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