Assignment 2: Research Paper Part 1 – The FoundatioN

Assignment 2: Research Paper Part 1 – The Foundation

Due Week 5 and worth 200 points

If you have ever asked a question, wondered why something is as it is, or tried to understand an event, you have engaged in research. For this assignment, you will create the first part of your research paper. You should use the headings below for the sections of your paper.

For this assignment, you will craft the framework of your research using the articles you collected and summarized from Assignment 1 and / or other articles you found that relate to your research topic. Assignments 2, 3, and 4 will all build on each other to create one comprehensive research paper. Each time you submit an assignment, your instructor will provide feedback that you can use moving forward with the other parts of the research paper.

Write a five (5) page paper in which you:

  1. Describe the:
    1. Introduction to your topic.
    2. Purpose of your research.
    3. Problem statement.
  2. Summarize the literature you collected related to your topic.
  3. Identify the:
    1. Gap(s) in the literature.
    2. Research question or hypotheses of your topic.
    3. Proposed theory for your research.
  4. Include at least six (6) peer-reviewed quantitative or qualitative articles related to your topic.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Identify a research topic and describe why it can and should be studied.
  • Determine the appropriateness of peer-reviewed literature to support research topics.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues related to educational research methods.
  • Use quantitative and / or qualitative approaches to create research topics.
  • Analyze research methodologies that support specific research topics.
  • Evaluate components of a research proposal.
  • Write clearly and concisely about educational research methods using proper writing mechanics.
  • Determine the appropriate research procedures when designing a qualitative study.
  • Determine the appropriate research procedures when designing a quantitative study.

Click here to view the grading rubric for this assignment.


1. Describe the introduction to your topic, purpose of your research, and problem statement.Weight: 45%(Thoroughly described the introduction to your topic, purpose of your research, and problem statement.)

EDU508-A2-22. Summarize the literature you collected related to your topic.Weight: 15%(Thoroughly summarized the literature you collected related to your topic.)

EDU508-A2-33. Identify the gap(s) in the literature, research question or hypotheses of your topic, and proposed theory for your research.Weight: 15%(Thoroughly identified the gap(s) in the literature, research question or hypotheses of your topic, and proposed theory for your research.)

EDU508-A2-44. 6 references Weight: 5%(Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.)

EDU508-A2-55. Writing Mechanics, Grammar, and FormattingWeight: 5%(Error free or almost error free grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting.)

EDU508-A2-66. Appropriate use of APA in-text citations and reference section

Weight: 5%(In-text citations and references are error free or almost error free and consistently formatted correctly in APA style.)

EDU508-A2-77. Information Literacy / Integration of SourcesWeight: 5%(Sources are consistently integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.)

EDU508-A2-88. Clarity and Coherence of WritingWeight: 5%(Information is provided in a clear, coherent, and consistent manner with reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.)

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