Guidelines for the MA Project
(compare with the MA Thesis)
1. Introduction: Project Goals
- State the goals of your project.
- Outline the project
- Provide rationale for your project.
2. Literature Review
- Cite the literature related to your project
- Restate the goal of your project in light of the what has and has not been done
- State the unique contributions of your project
- Describe how you will develop your project.
- Describe all materials and procedures.
- Discuss project design characteristics
4-? Finished Product
- Give a written explanation of the project
- Include the entire project (This is the heart of the project)
- Include annotated screen captures of all computer related material
Summary & Discussion
- Concise summary
- Evaluate hypothesis in light of analysis
- Revised Hypothesis or Conclusion
- Discussion of what needs to be done next.
A list of all works cited in your proposal using APA format.
Keep in mind the following: Use APA style and eliminate all errors (i.e., spelling, grammar, etc.); a good proposal provides the necessary information to the reader without excess; however, all relevant information is included
Books on Educational Research
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Bogdan, R.C., & Biklen, S.K. (1998). Qualitative research for education: An introduction to theory and methods (3rd ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Boser, J.A., & Clark, S.B. (1992). Desirable mail questionnaire characteristics in teacher education research. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco.
Buttlar, L.J. (1989). Education: A guide to reference and information sources. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.
Corbin, J., & Strauss, A. (1990). Grounded theory method: Procedures, canons, and evaluative criteria. Qualitative Sociology 13, 3-21.
Dunklin, M.J. (1996). Types of errors in synthesizing research in education. Review of Educational Research, 66(2), 87-97.
Girden, E. R. (1996). Evaluating research articles: From start to finish. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Green, K.E., Bosser, J.A., and Hutchinson, S.R. (1997). Effects of population type on mail survey response rates and on the efficacy of response enhancers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Association, Chicago.
Hahn, H., & Stout, R. (1994). The internet complete reference. Berkeley, CA: Osborne, McGraw-Hill.
Henry, G.T. (1990). Practical sampling. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
Henson, K.T. (1995). The art of writing for publication. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
Hill, M.R. (1993). Archival strategies and techniques. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Impara, J.C. & Plake, B.S. (Eds.). (1999). Thirteenth mental measurements yearbook. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.
Kaestle, C.F. (1992). Standards of evidence in historical research. History of Education Quarterly, 32,(3), 361-366.
Krathwohl, D.R. (1993). Methods of educational and social science research: An integrated approach. New York: Longman.
Kratochwill, T.R., & Levin, J.R. (Eds.). (1992). Single-case research design and analysis. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
Lancy, D.F. (1993). Qualitative research in education: An introduction to the major traditions. New York: Longman.
Locke, L. F., Spirduso, W.W., & Silverman, S.J. (1993). Proposals that work: A guide for planning dissertations and grant proposals (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Loehlin, J.C. (1992). Latent variable models: An introduction to factor, path, and structural analysis (2nd ed.). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
McMillan J. H., & Schumacher, S. (1997). Research in education: A conceptual introduction (4th ed.). New York: Addison Wesley Longman.
Miller, G. & Dingwall, R. (Eds.) (1997). Context and method in qualitative research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Sieber, J.E. (1992). Planning ethically responsible research. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
Weitzman, E.A. & Miles, M. (1995). Computer programs for qualitative data analysis. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.