Small Scale Study
A small scale study is very common in college courses, especially later in your college career. A small scale study prepares the student for larger studies that he/she will engage in when doing graduate level or thesis work once an undergraduate degree has been achieved.
Paper Masters will custom write your small scale study and show you exactly how it should be done.
How to Write a Small Scale Study
- Select a topics for which you might like to plan a small scale study. Choose something you find interesting, since this will be the basis for your work.
- Find at least four professional, scientific journal articles (that report empirical research--i.e. studies) related to your research question. Stories from popular magazines, such as Psychology Today or Sports Illustrated are not acceptable. Most of the Internet sources I’ve seen students use were not acceptable, so be very careful. If the statistics in the articles are beyond you, but the rest makes sense (more or less), take the numbers on faith for now.
- Based on what you learn from reading these four articles and what you already know, develop a research question related to your topic. Generate a potentially testable hypothesis (i.e. a proposed answer to your research question.)
- Develop a conceptual model in your paper. These models often clarify things (for you as well as your reader). They also impress your readers, encouraging them to think of you as an expert.
- You are now ready to begin writing your proposal! This proposal for your small scale study is to convey:
- What you want to study (topic)
- Why this should be studied (importance)
- What is already known about the topic (this comes from the findings of your four articles and is the longest part of this assignment)
- Your specific research question and your hypothesis (in this order).
- Your (not so) hidden agenda here is to convince your reader (i.e. me) that your research question is worthy of study and that you know enough about the topic to be the right person to do the study. Be sure to include conceptual definitions of each of your key concepts, using full sentences. In the text, be sure to cite your articles as you use them.
List full references for all the materials you have cited.