Forming Research Questions and Approaches

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Aligning purpose with research questions

The purpose for conducting this study is to determine how the daily duties of suburban resource officers can provide insight into the school violence problem that faces many schools today. I believe that the research questions that I have proposed, with a little tweaking, will help to answer the questions that have been put forth in this study. The ultimate goal is to come up with a way to reduce the amount of school violence that is occurring everyday. Tapping into the supply of middle school resource officers in order to help facilitate a plan is an idea that has not been looked at very closely.

When formulating good research questions it is important to make sure that they have only one single focus (Prasad, Rao and Rehani, 2001). I believe that my questions are formulated with a single purpose in mind. The purpose being how resource officers job duties can help to reduce the amount of crime and violence in schools. Answering these questions will be very helpful to other researchers in developing working plans to assist schools with the violence problem that exists today.

I have chosen to use a case study methodology when doing my research. Case study research is very good at bringing the researcher to an understanding of a complex issue or object and can expand experience or add strength to what has already been discovered through previous research. Case studies are also good at emphasizing detailed related analysis of a limited number of events or conditions and their relationships (The Case Study of as a Research Method, 2006).

I intend to gather information from eleven resource officers that are assigned to three selected suburban middle schools. This information will serve as the data that I will use to conduct my case study.


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