Integrative Project The concept paper project was developed to provide you an opportunity to describe your application of the competencies in psychological practice. These elements are overlapping and build upon each other. For example, you will be asked to identify an area of focus where you might apply the competencies that you have established in your specific specialization. You will then be asked to complete a thorough review of the literature that has been established about the application you intend to address. As you move into the application stage, you may find that a critical aspect of the literature review was omitted and that additional research and literature review are warranted. This would prompt a preliminary inquiry into the topic that would then emerge as a research concept proposal. This allows researchers to become familiar with the area of research and the plan to conduct research. The research concept paper allows for the opportunity to evaluate the potential research for scientific merit before conducting a full research proposal. This is a normal process for any professional. These concepts should guide your integration and synthesis of the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes you have developed. You will be given a rubric that identifies the areas that should be addressed, as well as the different levels of cognitive processes that could be applied. In Capella’s application of Bloom’s taxonomy, you should meet at least the middle level of cognitive application; this is what is expected and required of the practitioner-scholar. Research is iterative, meaning you get closer to the goal with each version. Since the elements of the project overlap and build upon one another, a revision in one area of the concept paper may precipitate the need to revise other sections. With each attempt, address and incorporate all feedback and use critical thinking and sound judgement to develop and refine your concept paper. You are required to use the entire template each time you submit your assessment, but only the sections identified in the assessment instructions will be graded for that submission. Anticipate multiple revisions of each chapter. For your project, your task is to develop a research concept paper that identifies a gap in the current body of research and proposes original research that builds upon the existing theoretical foundation in your area of specialization. This is accomplished by thoroughly reviewing what is already known in the literature, identifying what needs further exploration, and developing a research concept that purports to fill that gap. An analysis of previous studies and methods should be used as the foundation of your work. A deep understanding of the literature will allow you to propose new research that will build upon what is already known and contribute to the existing body of knowledge. Activities Your activities will include: Annotated Bibliography. Literature Review Draft. CITI Certification. Population and Sample. Concept Paper. The annotated bibliography will help you familiarize yourself with the literature in your psychological area of interest. It will also serve as a transition to the literature review draft. The CITI Certification is aimed to introduce you to the ethical considerations required of researchers. While you will not be conducting research, it is important to understand the significance of ethical research practices. The population and sample assessment provides the space and time to focus specifically on that area of the concept paper. This section should be centered on the population that is part of the research topic. The concept paper will include the literature review and the population and sample section. It will also include additional sections contained in the concept paper template. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Use the template and scoring rubrics as guides. The completed research concept paper should be 12–15 pages in length and must be presented in APA format. As you begin, keep in mind that this course is designed to be a process that you, as a professional, will use to ensure that your work is evidence based, addresses a specific topic in the field of psychology, provides a methodology for answering the research question, and indicates an understanding that your profession is one of lifelong learning and professional development. Note: Developing a research concept paper requires specific steps that must be executed sequentially. The assessments in this course must be completed in order. You must wait until the previous version is graded to submit again. It is essential to track the updates to the document and to ask the instructor about preference on that option. This applies to original submissions only.
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