What stresses are most impactful for first generation college students?

Research Question: What stresses are most impactful for first generation college students?

  • This will probably be easier as a qualitative approach


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  • Will you (theoretically) explore your topic through a qualitativeor quantitative approach? You can do a mixed-methods approach if you are comfortable enough to attempt it – just keep in mind this is more complex to achieve. When in doubt, keep it simple.
    1. if you are taking a quantitative approach, make sure to specify your methodology. Will your study will be experimentalor correlational?
    2. if you are taking a qualitative approach, make sure to specify your methodology.You may choose from the following methodological options: case study, ethnography, phenomenological, grounded theory, naturalistic observation, listening guide, alchemical, or narrative study. 
  • Research whichever methodology that you choose.There are existing guidelines for the approximate number of participants, data-gathering methods, data analysis, etc…  I am not asking you to create your own methodology. Do not try to re-invent the wheel.
    1. give your reasoning for why you are choosing this methodology to explore your topic.
    2. state the strengths and limitations of your suggested approach


  1. Theoretical Considerations– what existing psychological theories apply to your topic? What are your philosophical assumptions? Every topic involves philosophical assumptions of some kind, so please do not write that there are no theoretical considerations – I promise you, there are.

example: if you are researching something relating to dreams, make sure that you specify which dream theories are informing your approach on this topic.


  1. Reflexivity Statement – this is where it is appropriate to state your personal thoughts, bias, feelings towards the subject or problem. How might your thoughts and biases color your research? In some kinds of research, we call this statement “bracketing”. As humans (and subjects) we cannot escape our own biases, however, we can be self-aware enough to reflect on what some of those biases might be and make an educated guess as to how this might affect our research.


  1. Conclusion– You can tie your “theoretical considerations” and “reflexivity statement” to your conclusion. This is a short section and only needs to be about a paragraph or so. Its purpose is to wrap up and tie everything together. It can include the possible impact of your findings on people and perhaps society in general.


  1. References Page– this is your last page, also known as a bibliography. Make sure it is in APA format, please. Also, this does not count as one of your 5-7 pgs.


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