module 1 dq 1 argument Rachael Research is aligned when every element in the research plan, from…

Research is aligned when every element in the research plan, from the initial phases to completion, are aligned. Dent and Hoyle (2015) identified nine components within a research study that require alignment, specifically “the theoretical perspective, theoretical model, construct label, construct definition, research question, certain characteristics of the research design (i.e., task, sample, setting), measurement strategy, approach to data analysis, and inferences from findings” (p. 160). When alignment occurs with each of these components, the problem statement, gap, and research questions are aligned. Furthermore, the theoretical foundation provides a set of vocabulary that should align with the choice in vocabulary and definitions given to variables or phenomena and the subsequent inferences from the analysis.

One article related to my current research is by Wang (2013) and it is, in my opinion, an aligned study. The purpose of the study was to determine factors associated with choosing a STEM major and whether these factors differ among students that enter community colleges versus four-year institutions. The theoretical framework used in the study is the Social Cognitive Career Theory, which asserts that the independent variables of self-efficacy, outcome expectations, and goals affect a dependent variable of career choice. Thus, Wang (2013) used these variables to construct the research questions and hypotheses, utilized data that measured these variables, and performed statistical analysis on these variables to determine how well the independent variables correlated with and predicted the dependent variable. Furthermore, the inferences of the results align with the theoretical foundation.

module 1 dq 1 argument Rachael Research is aligned when every element in the research plan, from…