Suppose that you have been hired by a local school district to conduct educational research at the district’s largest middle school. The district is concerned because there has been a dramatic increase in student discipline issues over the past six months. The district has asked you to conduct an experiment to determine the best intervention for reducing behavior problems among middle school students. You must apply the experimental design skills you learned in this class to address this practical research problem. Your assignment will take the form of a PowerPoint presentation in which you present your findings to the school district, the administration and teachers, and other stakeholders.
To complete this assignment, download the provided PowerPoint template (Experimental Design Project – Template.pptx). First, you will develop the introduction and literature review. Using the PsycINFO database, locate literature on the topic of student classroom behavior and use these articles to establish the importance of the problem. Next, conduct a brief literature review to determine a viable research-based intervention that you could try in this research setting. Summarize (and cite) three published articles advocating for this intervention approach. Next, state a clear hypothesis (how you think the intervention will affect students’ classroom behavior).
In the next part of your presentation, you will describe in detail the participants, classroom behavior measure, and experimental procedure that you will use in this study. Make sure to include the number of participants, what grade they are in, and any other information that is unique to your sample. For the measure section, determine how you will measure student classroom behavior. If you choose a published instrument, describe it and provide validity information with a citation. For the procedure section, describe your experiment in detail. Drawing from the articles you cited in the literature review, explain the intervention that you will use in the experimental condition and how it will differ from the control group.
Finally, discuss two limitations of your study and two potential threats to validity and how these might affect the results of your study. Also, explain the ethical concerns that need to be addressed in this study and how you will protect the rights of your research participants. On your last slide, provide the APA-style references for all the articles you cited in the presentation. Note that, for this PowerPoint presentation, you can list the references using bullet points instead of hanging indents.