Accountability in education



For this task, you will write a formal research proposal. You will identify a topic and research problem in

education that is of interest to you, and you will develop a research proposal for this topic. Your research

proposal should be formatted in the three-chapter approach of APA style, which is outlined below:

1. Chapter 1: Introduction

2. Chapter 2: Review of the Literature

3. Chapter 3: Method


A. Develop an APA-formatted research proposal using the three-chapter approach. Include the following

in your proposal:

1. Include a title page.

2. Include a table of contents.

3. Develop an introduction to your proposal that includes the following:

a. an education-related research topic and research problem

b. the stated purpose of the study that establishes the importance and potential significance of study

c. One research question that adheres to the following guidelines:

  •  appropriate to one of the four research approaches
  •  researchable
  •  directly addressing the research problem

d. an explanation of any limitations of the proposed research study

4. Develop a narrative literature review of 15 scholarly sources, 10 of which are peer-reviewed research

articles. Include the following in your literature review:

a. Discuss relevant and important past research.

b. Explain how the literature relates to the problem statement and research question(s).

c. Discuss the research hypotheses, if appropriate, including the expected relationship between the

independent and dependent variables.

5. Develop a methods section by doing the following:

a. Discuss the research participants, including the following:

  •  the number and characteristics of the participants
  •  how they will be selected and assigned

b. Discuss the method(s) of data collection, including the research instrument(s).

c. Describe the research design that will be used for the study.

d. Describe the research procedure, including any strategies used to ensure participants are treated


e. Discuss the proposed data analysis technique(s), including how the results will address the research


B. When you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.

Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the Rubric Terms web link included in the

Evaluation Procedures section.

Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in an assessment, the submission MUST

include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or

paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or

paraphrased in the text of the assessment.

Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely

paraphrased from outside sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the

APA Handout web link included in the APA Guidelines section.

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