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Potential research areas that have valid academic journal articles.  No topics concerning the military will be allowed due to the lack of literature written about topics in the military.  YOU MUST DEAL WITH TYPES OF PEOPLE..NOT CRIMES OR OTHER CONCEPTS THAT ARE HARD TO MEASURE.

 

1.  domestic violence offenders

 

2.  domestic violence victims

 

3.  sex offenders

 

4.   victims of any type of crime

 

5.  juvenile delinquents

 

4.  serial murderers

 

5.  criminals in general

 

6.  any other types of people that fall into the criminal justice system

 

NOTE;  IF YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING AND YOU ARE WORKING FOR A CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCY, THEN I MAY APPROVE YOUR RESEARCH IF YOU CAN GET REAL DATA FROM YOUR AGENCY..JUST NO TOPICS DEALING WITH DUI SINCE THAT IS MY EXAMPLE THAT I AM USING.  LET ME KNOW..DON’T JUST SURPRISE ME or you could end up with a zero for this project.  If you want to do observational research, send me an email and we can talk about it. ALSO IF YOU ARE TAKING THIS CLASS FOR THE SECOND OR THIRD TIME, YOU MAY NOT RESUBMIT YOUR PRIOR PAPER..YOU MUST SELECT A NEW TOPIC AND DO AN ENTIRELY NEW PROJECT.

 

ALSO YOU DO NOT HAVE APPROVAL TO COLLECT REAL DATA.  THIS IS A PRETEND PROJECT AND YOU WILL MAKE UP YOUR DATA.  YOU CAN COLLECT REAL DATA WHEN YOU GET TO GRADUATE SCHOOL.

THIS PAPER IS AN EXAMPLE OF A SCIENTIFIC METHODS RESEARCH PROJECT AND IS NOT TO BE COPIED AND USED AS YOUR OWN WORK.  THIS IS INTENDED TO ASSIST YOU ONLY AS A GUIDE AND TO SHOW YOU WHAT A FINISHED PROJECT WILL OR RATHER SHOULD LOOK LIKE.  

 

 

 

THE FIRST PAGE OF YOUR PROJECT WILL BE THE TITLE PAGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE OF PROJECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BY:  (your name)

CLASS:  CJ3375DL (term ?)

anything else you want to add

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

I.GOAL STATEMENT, VARIABLES, QUESTIONSP. #

 

II.HYPOTHESES/THEORIESP. #

 

III.SAMPLING PROCEDUREP. #

 

IV.COVER LETTERP. #

 

V.QUESTIONNAIREP. #

 

VI.LITERATURE REVIEWP. #’s

 

VII.DATA ANALYSISP. #’s

 

VIII.RESEARCH FINDINGS/CONCLUSIONP. #

 

IX.PROBLEMS ENCOUNTEREDP. #

 

X.REFERENCE LISTP. #

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double space this page and don’t forget to add your page numbers in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I.INTRODUCTION

 

 

GOAL STATEMENT:  To find out who gets arrested for Driving Under the Influence more often in the State of Florida.

 

 

 

INDEPENDENT VARIABLES:  needs five variables

 

Gender

 

 

 

Select five  and relate the variable to the goal statement..I gave you one .already .you select four more

 

 

RESEARCH QUESTIONS

 

1.What gender is arrested more often for DUI?

 

2.

3.

 

4.

 

5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

**NOTE:  THESE QUESTIONS ARE QUESTIONS THAT YOU ARE ASKING YOURSELF AT THIS POINT ABOUT YOUR TOPIC…THINGS THAT YOU WANT TO KNOW.  

 

ALSO THIS IS ALL THAT GOES ON THIS PAGE!

 

 

 

*NOTE:  YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SELECT THE TOPIC OF DUI ARRESTS…THIS IS TO BE USED AS AN EXAMPLE ONLY…DO NOT COPY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II.HYPOTHESES/THEORIES

 

 

H1:MALES ARE ARRESTED MORE OFTEN FOR DUI THAN FEMALES.

 

T1:The possible theory surrounding this hypothesis is because possibly more men frequent drinking establishments after working long hours and due to the stress of their home lives may be inclined to drink more than females thus encountering law enforcement more often while driving home; and therefore will be arrested more often than females.

 

 

You  need a hypothesis and theory for each one of  your variables..a theory is an explanation of why you believe your statement to be true.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

*NOTE:  YOU WOULD CONTINUE ON CREATING HYPOTHESES AND THEORIES FOR EACH OF YOUR VARIABLES….KEEP THESE IN THE SAME ORDER AS YOUR VARIABLES AND QUESTIONS.  BASICALLY TURN YOUR QUESTIONS INTO STATEMENTS OF FACT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

III.SAMPLING PROCEDURE

 

 

This research project is being conducted to find out what types of demographic factors are involved with those who are arrested most often for driving under the influence of alcohol within the State of Florida.  This research will be descriptive in nature.  I intend to take a random sample of all DUI arrests per county.  This will be done via a computer selection process after all data is entered into a data analysis program such as SPSS or Excel.  Due to the accessibility and availability of all police reports through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and various departmental agencies,  a cover letter will be sent to all agencies within the State after obtaining prior approvals through governing bodies.    Once approvals are received, then data collection will begin.  The time frame for collection and analysis will be approximately one year.    Questionnaires will be mailed to the Chiefs of Police and County Sheriff’s so they know what data is required for analysis.    I intend to review all DUI arrest data for a period for a period of one year.    I will gather demographic data concerning gender, race, age, marital status, educational level, employment status, prior DUI convictions/arrests and any other pertinent data that will assist me in this project.  

This project is intended to assist law enforcement, corrections, the judicial system and drug and alcohol treatment centers by targeting and hopefully arriving at a profile for those who may be inclined to drink and drive or perhaps have alcohol related problems.    This project will be published in an academic as well as trade journal in order to provide future assistance in treating those who have problems and may be inclined to drink, drive and become a hazard on our roadways.

 

 

“Based on a sample size of _________, this produces a sampling error of ________% based on a _______% confidence interval” (Babbie, 1989, p.A32).

***NOTE:  THIS IS HOW YOUR SAMPLING PROCEDURE SHOULD BE LAID OUT…DOUBLE SPACED.   (Don’t copy mine word for word either yours will be different depending on where you get  your data from.

 

 

IV.COVER LETTER

 

 

DATE: (make up this information for an agency etc.)

 

Name of Addressee

Address

City, State, Zip

 

Attn:  

 

RE:        Research Proposal

 

 

Dear Sir/Madam:

 

 

Hello, my name is ( your name)  and I am conducting a research project concerning demographic information on the types of people who are arrested for DUI most often within the State of Florida.  This research is being conducted in order to assist other agencies,  the law enforcement and criminal justice community in order to understand the types of people who drink and drive.  This research will be published nationally and I will be happy to furnish you a copy of the results.  I have enclosed a copy of the approval from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Attorney General’s office in Tallahassee for your review also.  I would appreciate your assistance in my data collection and am requesting all data concerning DUI arrests made for the year 1999-2000.  I have also enclosed for your convenience a copy of the questionnaire which discusses what information is needed and the format for such information.    Also enclosed for your convenience is a self-addressed envelope.  

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the phone number provided on this letterhead or via my email address.  Thanking you in advance for your cooperation in this very important research project.

 

 

Respectfully,

 

 

 

Your name

Title,

 

Enclosures (2)

 

 

 

**NOTE THIS IS HOW A FORMAL LETTER IS TO BE DESIGNED.  OBVIOUSLY YOURS WILL MAKE DIFFERENT STATEMENTS DEPENDING ON YOUR PROJECT!

 

 

 

 

V.QUESTIONNAIRE

 

This questionnaire is designed to obtain the most accurate response concerning the issue of Driving Under the Influence and the characteristics of those who have been arrested for DUI.  Please take a moment and fill out the following.  Thank you.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:   Please circle the most appropriate response to each question.

 

1.What is your gender?

 

a.maleb.female

 

2.

 

 

You will have questions for each of your variables and obviously a question that applies to your goal statement also.

 

 

 

 

 

*NOTE:  THIS QUESTIONNAIRE WOULD BE WHAT YOU WOULD GIVE OUT TO THE INDIVIDUAL IF YOU WERE COLLECTING YOUR OWN DATA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VII.LITERATURE REVIEW

 

This section would contain a brief of the journal article that you read.  A literature review tells you what other research has been done on your topic.  This literature review must be done in APA format and is basically a article brief.  You are telling me what another person has said.

 

You must use only academic journals…not newspapers, Time Magazine, books, internet, etc.  IT MUST BE AN ACADEMIC SOURCE IN ORDER TO OBTAIN FULL CREDIT.

 

See below for example:

 

 

Article #1

 

Upon review of the article entitled “Stages of Change and Self-Efficacy for Controlling Drinking and Driving:  A Psychometric Analysis” in the Journal of Addictive Behaviors, by Elizabeth Wells-Parker, Marsha Williams, Patricia Dill and Deric Kenne (1998), volume 23, number 3, it was found that motivation to change and self-efficacy appear as interim measures of DUI intervention programs (p.353).

 

*NOTE:  AT THIS POINT, YOU CONTINUE ON AND TELL ME WHAT THE ARTICLE IS ABOUT…BASICALLY, YOU ARE BRIEFING THE ARTICLE IN APPROXIMATELY TWO TO THREE PAGES DOUBLE SPACED, APA FORMAT.   YOU ARE TELLING ME WHAT THE RESEARCHERS FOUND AND HOW THIS APPLIES TO YOUR OWN RESEARCH.

 

*** I WOULD PUT ONE ARTICLE ON EACH PAGE RATHER THAN COMBINING BOTH ARTICES INTO ONE MAJOR BRIEF.  ****

IX.DATA ANALYSIS

 

 

**  PUT ONE DATA TABLE AND YOUR ANALYSIS ON EACH PAGE….DO NOT COMBINE DATA TABLES TOGETHER.

 

 

DISTRIBUTION OF GENDER AND DUI ARRESTS

 

DUI Arrests

Males    1200(60%)

Females      800       (40%)

Totals2000      (100%)

 

The above Table supports Hypothesis H1 which states that more males are arrested for DUI than females.   The data suggests that out of a total of 2000 samples, 60% were males.

 

 

*** at this point you are probably thinking…heck I have tons of room left over.  Basically the room is there in case you want to put in tables, bar graphs, pie charts or other illustrations.  THIS IS NOT A REQUIREMENT TO HAVE EXTRA…ALL I WANT IS TO SEE YOUR DATA TABLE AND YOUR BRIEFLY WRITTEN ANALYSIS.

 

You will have one data table for each hypothesis/theory

 

 

 

 

 

X.RESEARCH FINDINGS/CONCLUSION (separate page)

 

Discuss your findings and if you supported your hypotheses, etc.

 

XI.PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED (separate page)

 

discuss what problems you encountered with obtaining your data if any..make something up because in real research you’d have tons of problems.

 

 

XII.REFERENCES (separate page)

 

APA format….authors last name (alphabetical order), first initial (year) “name of article”; Journal name Underlined, volume, etc.

Babbie, E. (1989) The Practice of Social Research:  Appendix G. P. 32 and pp. 165-191

 

 

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