i currently work in home care compliance dep. and more and more younger people are using the home care system today. Chapter I The Problem Introduction Introduce your project by telling what is important about the problem you are about to pursue, to your profession. Identify and describe the problem’s various components Introduce your research topic in enough detail to \”educate\” the reader. Remember the readers of your paper have no idea where you work or your problem or situation. Your ability to define the problem will determine whether you have it sharply focused. Your ability to communicate its importance concisely, in writing, will show how well you understand it. Background of Problem Remember that the readers don’t know the recent history to this problem/situation. So you will need to bring us all \”up to speed\” on the history behind the topic. Background and purpose should be similar with more detail in this subheading. You make Statements in these to subheadings, supported by the literature, you don’t ask questions in these two subheadings. Purpose of the Study What do you hope to accomplish with this research? Purpose and Background of the Problem must be in the same focus and they should NOT ask questions but make statements supported by the literature (Chapter 2) Questions to be Answered or Research Objectives I recommend that you limit your questions or objectives to 3 – 5. Because each of these questions or objectives will become subheading in your Chapter IV and you will need to provide \”data for analysis\” for each of the subheading. Conceptual or Substantive Assumptions What are your assumptions? (i.e. must the economy be strong for your new business venture to work? Or, will the EEO laws have to be enforced for this study to work?) Rationale and Theoretical framework Refer to the theoretical framework within which your questions resides, this will be fully developed in Chapter II. What theory or rationale will your study follow? (i.e. will Maslow’s Theory of Motivation be the basis of your study? Or, is the rationale that the study showed a certain trend in businesses in California and you want to determine if the same is true in Florida?) Definition of Terms Define all words that are unique to your industry and are not universally understood by everyone who will read your paper. Scope of the Study What is the scope (size, location, numbers) for your study. Chapter II Review of Related Literature Historical & General Background What is this history on this topic in the professional journals? What do the local or industry \”experts\” say? Existing Studies Establish the possible need for this study and the likelihood for obtaining meaningful results. Methodology Acquaint readers with existing studies relative to what research methodologies have been utilized. Provide enough detail to establish the utility of this methodology in your specific topic. Instrumentation Acquaint readers with existing studies relative to what instrumentation has been utilized. Provide enough detail to establish the utility of this instrument in your specific topic. Statistical Approach Acquaint readers with existing studies relative to what statistical models have been utilized. Provide enough detail to establish the utility of this/these model(s) in your specific topic. Significant Studies Find the most significant study that closely mirrors your problem/situation and establish the possible need for this study and the likelihood for obtaining meaningful results. Summary of Literature Reviewed Focusing on your research question, review what is already known and documented. Define every term and concept you are about to use, showing how it is derived from existing literature. Think of this as the “Reader’s Digest” version of your literature review. Chapter III Methodology/Procedures Research Methodology What methodology from chapter II will you use for your study? Will it be quantitative or mixed methods (both qualitative “qual” and quantitative “quan”)? Instrumentation What instrument are you going to use? (important: many questionnaires/surveys are copyrighted . . . you will need to receive permission or create your own questionnaire or survey) This subheading is not required for studies using preexisting data. Field Procedures How will you distribute your instrument? This subheading is not required for studies using preexisting data. Data Collection and Recording Procedures How will your instrument be returned? This subheading is not required for studies using preexisting data. Data Processing and Analysis Procedures How will you analyze your data? What type of statistical model are you utilizing? Methodological Assumptions What are the assumptions you have to make with this methodology? (i.e. in a survey you have to assume that they will answer your questions honestly, they know how to read, etc.) Methodological Limitations What are the limitations of this method? (i.e. with preexisting data you are limited by the age of the data.)
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