The introduction to a quantitative research plan introduces the reader to the background, scope, context, and purpose of the ensuing research and analysis in your paper. Writing the introduction also helps illuminate deficiencies in the informational framework you must have in order to begin research. This week, you will begin to write the introduction to your quantitative research plan, using the suggested format for introductions you learned about in RSCH 8101. You have 2 weeks to complete this Application, which will be submitted on Week 2, Day 7.
To prepare for this Application:
- Review the two texts from RSCH 8101: Research Theory, Design, and Methods:
- Creswell, J. W. (2009). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. This textbook will be useful when writing your introduction.
- Chapters 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7
- Reynolds, P. D. (2007). A primer in theory construction. Boston: Pearson Education.
- Chapters 2, 3, and 4
- Craft a 3- to 4-page draft of the first part of your research plan. Include the following elements:
- Opening statement
- Background of the study
- Problem statement
- Purpose of the study
- Research question(s) and hypotheses and variables
- Theoretical framework