Creation of a mini correlational design proposal for a dissertation

This is an assignment that describes the creation of a mini correlational design proposal for a dissertation. Additionally, the paper also describes the practice of working with quantitative data.

Creation of a mini correlational design proposal for a dissertation

Instructions This assignment has two parts. The first part is a review of the dissertations to help you understand what to do into the dissertation phase of your work. The second part allows you to practice with a basic correlational design. Part 1 (3 points): For each of the three NCU dissertations listed in the Resources for this week, identify in one sentence each the problem, purpose, research questions, methodology and design. Finally why the methodology and design selected are appropriate to answer the research questions presented. Part 2 (7 points): Now that you have reviewed several correlational designs, it is time to practice creating your own mini-correlational study.

For this assignment, you will survey five people you know to practice working with quantitative data. Think of a problem you see in your daily life that can be addressed using correlational research. You will create a problem statement, purpose statement, research questions, and hypotheses that can best be addressed using correlational research. You will then demonstrate your ability to run a correlation with the data you collect. Keep this practice exercise very simple, as the main idea is to grasp the big picture concept of correlation rather than to create a complex study. For example, a problem in daily life you may notice that when you or your colleagues sit too long during the day energy levels suffer in the evening.

Purpose and question

Your purpose could be:

To determine if sitting too long during the day is related to low energy during the evening.

Your research question could be:

Ho‌‌‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‍w does the amount of time sitting during the day relate to the evening energy level? You may reach out to family members, friends, and colleagues—either through work or by posting in the ID CoP—but abstain from referring to this as data collection or research, which would then require informed consent and an IRB review. In this example, your hypothesis might be the more hours a person spends sitting a day, the lower their reported energy level will be in the evening.

Your approach would then be to survey five friends, family members, or colleagues and ask them: (x) how many hours did you sit at your desk yesterday? And (y) on a scale of 1-10, what was your energy level last night? You could then calculate Pearson’s r for your data set to determine how your variables are correlated. As a reminder, you should have a basic idea of how to calculate Pearson’s r from your prior course work; so please, refer to that information.

For your practice, correlational study, include the following parts: One sentence statement of the problem (1 point) One sentence statement of the purpose (1 point) Research question (1 point) Hypothesis (1 point) Calculation of Pearson’s r (1 point) One- to two-sentence summary of your findings (1 point) One-paragraph reflection on how you might use correlational designs in your future research in Education (1 point) This assignment needs to have an Introduction and a Conclusion section for this submission.