This research project invites you to better understand how racial/ethnic identity might affect educational achievement. Your assignment is to prepare a RESEARCH PROSPECTUS as if you were to engage in a year-long, ethnographic research project in Oakland Technical High School (you will not do the actual research).

Prompt: your research proposal will explore how (variable of your choice) relating to race/ethnicity (with the option of including gender or class) facilitates or impedes academic achievement in high school.

Your final research prospectus should be between 1900 and 2200 words (6-7 pages) typed and double-spaced. Points will be deducted from longer or shorter essays. The final version of this project is due Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Remember that the research prospectus reflects your individual work. If you worked well with other students when gathering scholarly articles for the literature review, you are welcome to peer edit each other’s papers, but the final research prospectus must be your own work. I’ve included a link to the research prospectus criteria above. You can also find this file in the Research Prospectus module.

There are basic steps common to every research proposal.

1) Introduction: present your research question and tell us why it is important.

2) Literature Review (the longest section): tell us what other scholars have said about your research question. It would be an excellent strategy to point out an unanswered question in the existing research that you hope your research will address.

3) Methodology: tell us how you will gather your data to answer your research question and why this is an effective strategy for finding answers to your research question.

4) Conclusion: explain why your research question is significant. Note that because you have not yet conducted your research, you cannot answer your research question, but you can reiterate the importance of your research question, (i.e., why we should want to find an answer to your question–or, if you were submitting this proposal to a grant-giving agency, why they should fund your research!).

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