A 3 page research paper that elaborates on a research study proposal. In previous papers, this writer/tutor has provided guides to a student to aid in formulating a research study whose goal is to determine the effect of absenteeism in the elementary grades. This paper adds to the previous guides by discussing how to formulate the sections of the proposed study dealing with delimitations, limitations, and a study summary. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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guides by discussing how to formulate the sections of the proposed study dealing with delimitations, limitations, and a study summary. Delimitations While absenteeism in the elementary grades is
partially due to the chronic diseases, such as asthma, as well as the spread of infectious disease, these absences are excused by school policy, which, arguably, makes this a less
severe problem than unexcused or chronic absenteeism. Therefore, considering the large percentage of children who are at-risk for chronic absenteeism, it is logical to delimit the scope of the study
to unexcused absenteeism. Research reports that "12% of first graders, 11% of third graders and 10% of fifth graders" can be considered as at-risk for chronic absenteeism and that
a quarter of all kindergarten students are either "at-risk or chronic absentees" (Romero and Lee, 2007). This information indicates restricting the study to unexcused absences narrows the field of
investigation a little, but that it is still broad. Romero and Lee (2008) provide a lengthy list of the risk factors that are associated with absenteeism by previous research.
These risk factors are all interrelated with having low-socio economic status and include parental unemployment; parents who are on welfare; single-parent households; poor housing conditions and parental involvement with the
criminal justice system (Romero and Lee, 2008). This suggests that the proposed study could be delimited still further by focusing on a low-income population of students and specific risk factors.
Limitations When a researcher addresses a narrowly defined group of participants or restricts the number of participants in the study, this action also entails limitations to the conclusions that can
logically be drawn from the study data. In many cases, a researcher, working independently and with limited resources, will recruit a convenience sample for the planned study, that is, recruiting