Introduction: (1-1.5 pages) Include these essential items for writing an effecti

Introduction: (1-1.5 pages) Include these essential items for writing an effective introduction.
Attention-getting paragraph appropriate for your professional audience
A clear justification and background for studying this topic (e.g., why is it important?)
An overview of how the literature directs you to study this topic (e.g. there is a gap in the literature, disagreement about conclusions, an isolated fact that has not been explained, there is no study of the topic.)
A short preview of what the reader should expect in the coming sections of the paper.
Purpose statement (1 paragraph):
Write a statement of purpose for your study indicating why you chose this study. This should be based on the background provided in the introduction.
Conclude with your research question.
Literature Review: (4-7 pages, including 8-10 high quality, peer-reviewed sources)
Write a complete literature review.
Introduce the reader to your topic and a succinct overview of what they will read in the literature review. This also includes a brief overview of the literature. The body of the literature review develops an understanding and insight about previous research and trends in the topic area related to your research question. Aim to corroborate research-based evidence by more than one author. The literature review is not an itemized summary of the research you collected. The literature review is typically thematically organized based on your research question and purpose.
Conclude by reminding the reader of the relevance of this topic and the justification for conducting the study you are proposing.
Method: (3-5 pages, depending on the complexity of the design). The method section should include a description of step-by-step procedures you would use to gather your data. It must be detailed enough for another researcher to replicate your study. This section should include:
Overview: a justification for the type of study you are doing (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods approach).
Population and Sampling: Describe the participants. Discuss target population, research setting, and sampling methods for the sample population. Also include reference to human subjects’ protection issues, based on the work you completed in week 2.
Data Collection: In this section, you will describe the process you will use to collect your data (e.g., survey, interview, focus group, pre-test/post-test, etc.) If you are doing a quantitative or quasi-experimental study, be sure to identify your variables. Also in this section, make sure to include a copy of your interview questions, survey (5+ questions), observation plan, documents to be reviewed, and any other instruments as applicable. Include reference to potential validity and reliability issues. The data collection instrument should be embedded directly in this section (and may be single-spaced, which differs from the uniform double-spacing in the University College Style Requirements). Note that generally, in full research articles, these appear in appendices.
Data Analysis: (>1 page) Describe some basic analysis approaches that you will use to draw conclusions from the data (e.g., presenting descriptive statistics, identifying codes and themes from interviews, aggregating survey results, etc.).
Anticipated Results: (~1 page) Include a general description of the anticipated results if the study were to be implemented, linking back to the initial research question. There is no need to create either quantitative or qualitative data for this purpose, although you are welcome to do so if your study lends itself to it. It is sufficient to discuss the anticipated results and their implications at a general level. This section should also outline limitations to the study (e.g., generalizability, sampling bias, etc.), potential users of the information, and implications for future research.
References: Include a complete reference list using Turabian 9th edition author-date format.

Introduction: (1-1.5 pages) Include these essential items for writing an effecti
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