PART III: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY (50 pts.) (200 minutes). Structure this part with subheadings to aid the readers in following your methods of collecting data on your question(s). This Part takes your research questions or hypotheses from your literature review as a starting point. In this exercise, you should consider your research questions or hypotheses and devise a plan for conducting an appropriate research investigation. In your research plan, you should include a narrative with complete explanations of:
- the setting in which you would investigate your research questions or hypotheses;
- the people you would study (e.g., the sample);
- the specific procedures you would use in your investigation (e.g., experiment, survey, individual interviews, focus group interviews, participant observation, examination of archival data);
- the specific instruments you would use to collect information (e.g., survey instrumentation, interview protocols, guides for observation);
- Your research choices on the above issues should be justified in terms of (1) relevance to the research question(s) or hypotheses, (2) internal and external validity, (3) measurement validity, and (4) practicality.
Your plan of methodology should include a Preliminary Conceptualization. Your goal is to conceptualize (explain) how you have thought ahead about your project and have a general idea about how it will proceed. Consider for example, Conceptualization may be â€œa concern about violent crime.â€ If a person believes violent crime does not concern them directly, then it is a general concept of concern about violent crime. Whereas, if a person or group believes it does affect them directly, then it is a concern for personal safety.
All of your research choices on the above issues should be justified in terms of (1) relevance to the research questions or hypotheses, (2) internal and external validity, (3) measurement validity, and (4) practicality.
Your paper should be 3-4 pages, plus attachments such as a short survey, an interview protocol (questions), or observation guidelines.
NOTE: A research question turned into a statement becomes an hypothesis; e.g., Research Question: Are hate crimes increasing? Hypothesis: Hate crimes are increasing. Null hypothesis: Hate crimes are not increasing (null is same as negative statement).