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By Miriam Schapiro Grosof

ISBN-10: 0123041805

ISBN-13: 9780123041807

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You need to have access to recent dissertations, and it is also very desirable for you to be reasonably well informed about current 30 2. Choosing the Problem, Stating the Question research preoccupations in neighboring fields. Make an effort to formulate a problem-question, and to identify its place in a theoretical framework in such a way that whether the outcome of the study involves "positive" or "negative" results, they will be interesting and useful. While this goal is not always feasible, the "fail-safe" strategy is worth keeping in mind.

The usefulness of expected findings should be weighed against costs. 7. The political and ethical realities should be recognized and weighed. 8. The common errors in problem formulation must be avoided. ) When you have examined the proposed problem-question in the light of each of these items, you can then make appropriate decisions concerning method and design, and can develop a tentative research plan. In the rest of this chapter, we consider the list above in detail. The Role of Curiosity Curiosity is a fundamental motivating force in the process of scientific inquiry, in that the entire process hinges on the desire to know more about A Theoretical Basis for the Study 29 something.

2. , and Jacobson, L. (1968). Pygmalion in the Classroom: Teacher Expectations and Pupils Intellectual Development. A study designed to identify effects of manipulated teacher expectancies on student achievement. Theoretical framework: the notion of the selffulfilling prophecy: differing expectancies induce differing responses to student behavior and differing "investment" in the students. This study has been extensively criticized for methodological weaknesses (see Thorndike, 1968), but has generated many related studies (see Brophy and Good, 1970).

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