Quantitative Research Plan


Quantitative Research Plan



ID # A00355270

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

Program: PhD in Education

Specialization: Educational Technology

RSCH 8200-Quantitative Reasoning

Dr. Wade Smith, Jr.


Walden University

September 13, 2015

Table of Contents

Introduction Comment by Dr. Wade Smith: Assign page numbers as you develop this doc.

Opening Statement


Purpose of Study

Theory Perspective

Research Questions

Theoretical Framework

Involvement for Success

Literature Review

Case Study

Theoretical Framework

Involvement for Success


Research Methodology



Data Sources


Research Design


Survey Instrument



Opening Statement

The students and parents are participants in an educational program. “Research often excludes youth participants, omitting their social and psychological realities, undermining their rights to participate and benefit from research, and weakening the validity of research. Researchers may be discouraged from including youth due to logistical (e.g. gaining access) or ethical (e.g. coercion risks based on developmental level) concerns. Increased discussion is needed around appropriate methods to use with child and youth participants that manage challenges related to developmental capacities, legal status, power differentials, and unpredictable aspects of qualitative research”(Sage, 2015). Eliminate the white pages.

Background Study

In this paper I will focus on experiences of researchers, describing solutions of internal and external validity. “The research design is the blueprint that enables the investigator to come up with solutions to these problems and guides him or her to various stages of research” (Frankfort-Nachmias & Nachmias, 2008, p89) Internal validity is whether the effects observed in a research are due to the manipulation of the independent variable. External validity is the extent to which the results of a research can be generalized to settings and people. (McLeod, 2013).

Burger’s (2009) study of design is on the psychological research designed by Milgram. Burger (2009) identifies obedience to authority, increase in demands, resources of information in a novel situation, and responsibility not assigned or diffused as contributes toward the “high rates of obedience” (Burger, 2009, pp 2-3). His hypotheses question is ‘Would people still obey today?’ The tables are used to measure participants of the obedience screening according to gender and ethnicity, such as behavior and personality rates.

Fuchs, Fuchs, Hamlett, Phillips, Karns, and Dutka (1997) researched on various collaborative measurements. The appendix for Problems A & B is interesting. The methods to problems solving contain internal and external validity. This is a collaborative research because the tutor (educator) and tutee (learner) are doing an activity.

Problem Statement

The problem occurs when there is a lack of participation and support from them. The absence of a mentoring program or the misuse or nonuse of the mentoring program is negatively impacting students’ academic outcomes. Or a functioning mentoring program will positively impact students’ academic outcomes.

Purpose of Study

The purpose of this study is examine the proposed relationships between to do quantitative research on ways to gain participation of parents and learners within a mentoring program and [state outcome here]. The results of this research might identify The writer is finding methods, evaluation, and other objectives to increase the effects of the towards participation in a non-profit mentoring program. Comment by Dr. Wade Smith: This only mentioned here. Why?

Research Questions

1. What is the relationship between the lack level of of parent support for the cause Team H.O.Y.A.S (Helping Our Youth Achieve Success) and to lack of student participation? 

2. What is the relationship between students participation in Team H.O.Y.A.S (Helping Our Youth Achieve Success) and students’ losing interest in the program? 


· Null hypothesis: There no significant relationship between lack of parent support for the cause of the HOYAS program and students participation in the mentoring  program.

· Alternate hypothesis: There no a significant relationship between lack of parent support for the cause of the HOYAS program and students participation in the mentoring  program.

You need hypotheses, null & alternative for your second RQ

Theoretical Framework

 Comment by Dr. Wade Smith: Who’s research is this framework based upon?

 Comment by Dr. Wade Smith: What is this? Comment by Dr. Wade Smith: How can you integrate this material in a theoretical basis?

(Puddy, Fawcett, & Francisco, 2002)

Types of Involvement for Success

1. PARENTING: Assist families with parenting and child-rearing skills, understanding child and adolescent development, and setting home conditions that support children as students at each age and grade level. Assist schools in understanding families.

2. COMMUNICATING: Communicate with families about school programs and student progress through effective school-to-home and home-to-school communications.

3. VOLUNTEERING: Improve recruitment, training, work, and schedules to involve families as volunteers and audiences at the school or in other locations to support students and school programs.

4. LEARNING AT HOME: Involve families with their children in learning activities at home, including homework and other curriculum-linked activities and decisions.

5. DECISION MAKING: Include families as participants in school decisions, governance, and advocacy through PTA/PTO, school councils, committees, and other parent organizations.

6. COLLABORATING WITH THE COMMUNITY: Coordinate resources and services for families, students, and the school with businesses, agencies, and other groups, and provide services to the community.

(Epstein., Coates, Salinas, Sanders, & Simon (1997)


Burger, J. M. (2009). Replicating Milgram: Would people still obey today? American Psychologist, 64(1), 1-11. Doi: 10.1037/a0010932

Creswell, J. W. (2008). Research design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods

Approaches, (3rd ed.) [VitalSource BookShelf Online]. Retrieved from http://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781412989442/cfi/186

Epstein, J.L., Coates, L., Salinas, K.C., Sanders, M.G., & Simon, B.S. (1997). Epstein’s six types

of involvement. School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. Retrieved from


Frankfort-Nachmias, C., & Nachmias, D. (2008).Research methods in the social sciences 

(7th ed.) New York: Worth.

Fuchs, L. S., Fuchs, D., Hamlett, C. L., Phillips, N. B., Karns, K., & Dutka, S. (1997). Enhancing

students’ helping behavior during peer-mediated instruction with conceptual mathematical explanations. The Elementary School Journal, 97, 223–249.

McLeod, S. (2013). Internal and external validity. Simply Psychology. Retrieved from


Richard W. Puddy, Stephen B. Fawcett, and Vincent T. Francisco(2002). KU Work Group’s Comment by Dr. Wade Smith: Review APA guidelines for references list.

Action Planning Guide for Child Well-Being


Sage Journal(2015). Youth participation in qualitative research: Challenges and possibilities.

Qualitative Social Work. Retrieved from http://qsw.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/11/06/1473325014556792

TitleIntroduction that includes:Problem statementPurpose statementResearch questions and hypothesesIdentification of independent and dependent variablesTheoretical frameworkComments: See comments in doc10
Provides evidence of original and critical thinkingComments: See comments in doc. If you further explicate your evidence of original and critical thinking increase.5
Demonstrates quality, effectiveness, and professionalism in written communication (e.g., grammar, syntax, spelling, mechanics, tone)3
Adheres to APA style and formatting standardsComments: You must adhere to the page limitations of each assignment.1
19/25 points total

The assignment:

· Craft a 3- to 4-page draft of the first part of your research plan. Include the following elements:

· Title

· Introduction

· Opening statement

· Background of the study

· Problem statement

· Purpose of the study

· Research question(s) and hypotheses and variables

· Theoretical framework

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