African American fathers
Hypothesis: The absence of African American fathers, due to incarceration will lead to a negative effect on African American students as evidence by the students grades.
Introduce the social problem or practice issue. How? You must incorporate 2 or 3 descriptive statistics to show the importance of the social/practice problem to society. In the last paragraph indicate how the social/practice problem is relevant to the profession of social work.
Review of literature-2.5 pages exactly
A literature review provides a substantive rationale for one hypothesis. It is very specific to your hypothesis and the variables within. What do current study findings say on your topic? What does current theory say on your topic? Incorporate empirical and theoretical literature by integrating study findings, as well as thinking of many researchers/authors. In the last paragraph state: based on the above literature review, we will present the following hypothesis.
-Hypothesis (2-5 lines): preset a clear statement of relationship between the independent and dependent variable. In terms of format, state the job dependent variable prior to the dependent variable. Use future tense. Make it directional or non directional. If directional, use exact directional terms : “will decrease”, “will increase”, will reduce rate, will increase academic achievement, will decrease depression, and will reduce the recidivism rate.
-define independent variable( in general conceptually). Define dependent variable (both conceptually & operationally). (Limit 2 paragraphs)
Research methods-3 pages:
-research design (1.5 pages): describe your research design in detail. Tell the reviewer why you elected this design. Describe the strengths and weaknesses in terms of internal validity. Describe 3 potential thread to validity, and 2 threats to external validity.
-sampling (.5 page): what is the specific name of the sampling approach you selected? Is it probability or a non- probability sampling? Deceptive your sample, including:
1. The size if your sample and it’s characteristics
2.the population to which you wish to generalize
3. The sampling frame
-data collection (1 page): describe your plan for collecting data for your study. What instrument will you select? If it exists currently you just describe reliability and validity.
Protection of human participants( .5 page):
Provide assurance no harm will study participants.
Findings & conclusions(2.5 pages):
Findings, of course are hypothetical. Decide either that your data supports your hypothesis of that it does not support your hypothesis. Include:
1. How your findings relate to the literature (include one prior reference)
2.limitations of study
3. Implications for social work practice.
4. Reccomendations for future research: need to name the type of design and state why this design would be more rigorous.
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