Focus of the Final Paper
In this six- to eight-page research paper, you will explore in detail one of the statistical approaches to research discussed in the course, applying it in the context
of a specific application or methodological study. This will help you gain a deeper understanding of your chosen topic, as well as gain experience in translating these
ideas into practice. Select a topic for your research paper using any of the statistical methods that we discussed in the course as it relates to your area of interest
in either business, economics, finance, management, social science, health, psychology or education.
Find at least three (3) relevant research articles which:
support your chosen topic.
discuss previous work on modeling/analysis in the area youve selected.
have the statistical analysis and results from research conducted.
cover technical aspects of the statistical methods discussed in class.
At least three of your sources must be from peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
Describe, in third person, the issue youve selected, why it was selected, the perspective of the approach, and the scope of the paper. The introduction describes what
will be covered in the paper, and serves to engage the reader. Be specific and to the point.
Statement of the Problem
Describe, in third person, why the topic is relevant, and a problem or /issue associated with the topic. It is important to provide scholarly sources in support of
your discussion of the problem or issue.
In the literature review, process and develop a conceptual framework of the issue or problem that is being researched. This section should present a comprehensive
review of the historical and current literature on the topic. The literature review should:
Identify the topic, and describe specific research related to the topic (describe the study, sample, findings, important points from the discussion in the research
describe any variables that may influence the findings of the research).
Address any key issues such as political, social, legal, and/or ethical implications the literature reports.
If there are pros and cons of a topic/issue, explore holistically a review of the literature reflecting alternative positions.
This section should demonstrate understanding of the literature in support of a hypothesis or research question. It should not be formatted as a series of article
In the conclusion, summarize what the paper covered. Restate the research questions or hypothesis. Discuss: why the topic was selected; the problem/issue briefly
stated; the approach that was used; findings; solutions and suggestions or ideas that you as the researcher may have. A reader should be able to preview the conclusion
and understand the purpose of the paper, and the results of the research.
Provide a reference page listing all sources used in the development of this paper in American Psychology Association (APA) format. All
literature/computer/interview/resources should be cited and listed.
Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:
Must be six to eight double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a title page with the following:
Title of paper
Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
Must use at least three scholarly sources from the
Must document all sources in APA style,
Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style
These are some sources to be used:
BOSLAUGH, SE. Common Core State Standards Initiative. Salem Press Encyclopedia. 2014
MURPHY, T. TRAGEDY OF THE COMMON CORE. Mother Jones. 39, 5, 36, Sept. 2014. ISSN: 03628841.
EXSTROM, M; THATCHER, D. Common Core: Put to the Test. State Legislatures. 40, 8, 22, Sept. 2014. ISSN: 01476041.
The theme should revolve around the fact that common core is a danger to children
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