The paper must be at least 7 pages in length. Begin by concisely introducing the research question/dependent variable under examination in both pieces
The bulk of the paper should focus on examining major research design choices and explaining whether or not you believe the scholar(s) make the correct research design decision(s)… and why. Spend time and space explaining the “why”. Ground your arguments in course readings and content. The format of your paper should be as follows: •
Identify and briefly describe the scope of the two research projects. Do this on page one. •
Identify the research question. Do this on page one.
• In one sentence, describe the dependentt variable. Do this on page one.
• Evaluate how well the scholar(s) define and operationalize their dependent variable(s) and how well they operationalize other major concepts in their study. Is conceptualization carried out appropriately? Why or why not? Does author(s) appropriately identify the observable implications used to ‘connect’ their concepts to their data? Offer suggestions for improvement.
• Discuss the study’s research overall design structure
. Decide and explain whether or not the research design is appropriate for the task/objectives at hand. o For example, did the authors use a case study?
If so, did they select their cases appropriately?