Walden University Social Work Research: Using Multiple Assessments

This week, you have been asked to develop a research question, and then provide literature review supporting this questions. A literature review can be tedious and time-consuming but needed for understanding the problem under investigation. It allows the instructor assess your information seeking skills (your ability to identify a set of useful articles and books scanning relevant literature) and your critical appraisal skills (your ability to identify and critique previously published research studies).

Much like an outline of a paper or a treatment of a movie script, the research proposal contains several parts that begin with a research question and end with a literature review. For this Assignment, you compile a research proposal that includes a research problem, research question, and a literature review.

For this Assignment, choose between the case studies entitled “Social Work Research: Couple Counseling” and “Social Work Research: Using Multiple Assessments.” (See attached word documents on Multiple assessment story and a beginning outline or literature review) Consider how you might select among the issues presented to formulate a research proposal.

Be sure to consult the outline in Chapter 14 the Yegidis et al. text for content suggestions for the sections of a research proposal. As you review existing research studies, notice how the authors identify a problem, focus the research question, and summarize relevant literature. These can provide you with a model for your research proposal.

Chronological. Is based on if you write the literature based on these studies were published.

Thematic. Is organized around a topic or issue rather than the progression of time

Methodological. This strategy focused on the reach method (survey, observational, experimental, quantitative, and/or qualitative studies grouped together) the researcher used to gather their data rather than the content or the material.

Submit a 5- to 6-page research proposal stating both a research problem and a broad research question (may be either qualitative or quantitative). Use 6–10 of the most relevant literature resources to support the need for the study, define concepts, and define variables relevant to the question. Include a literature review explaining what previous research has found in relation to your problem and question. The literature review should also include a description of methods used by previous researchers. Finally, be sure to explain how your proposed study addresses a gap in existing knowledge.