A Sample Quantitative Research Proposal

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Self-Directed Learning Readiness and Life Satisfaction Among Older Adults A Sample Quantitative Research Proposal Written in the APA 5th Style [Note: This sample proposal is based on a composite of past proposals, simulated information and references, and material I’ve included for illustration purposes – it is based roughly on a fairly standard research proposal; I say roughly because there is no one set way of creating a quantitative research proposal. Much of its design is based on the nature of the research, your preferences, and your decisions regarding how to describe or portray what it is you plan to accomplish. The material in this document was adopted from a dissertation proposal created by Dr. Ralph Brockett. A biography…show more content…
Specifically, the study will focus on two primary objectives: 1. To determine the relationship between life satisfaction and personal readiness for self-directed learning. 2. To determine the extent to which components of life satisfaction combine with selected demographic variables to predict a person’s level of self-directed readiness. In addition, because so little is known about self-directed learning among older adults, a third objective will complete the research effort: 3. To examine various methodological and substantive considerations in studying self-directed learning. Hypotheses Based on a review of literature as noted later in this proposal, two major hypothesis areas will guide the analysis of data. First, it is hypothesized that perceptions of life satisfaction will be related to perceptions of self-directed learning readiness among a sample of older adults. Those persons who report a high degree of life satisfaction will tend to have perceptions of higher self-directed readiness while low satisfaction will be related to low self-directed readiness. In essence, this means that it will be possible to predict an individual’s level of self-directed readiness by knowing their score on overall life satisfaction plus some of the factors sometimes identified as barriers to participation in adult education among older adults, such

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