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Education Project Guidelines

Honors Education students are expected to conduct research in which an original research question/hypothesis is addressed. Students must complete a comprehensive review of relevant literature that focuses on empirical evidence-based research as well as significant theories. The research question or hypothesis must be fully addressed through a qualitative or quantitative research design. Sample qualitative designs would be case studies or interviews. Quantitative research designs could be, but are not limited to, experiments or simple statistical procedures using numerical data such as ANOVA.

The average length of the proposal is 5-10 pages and includes a cover page, an abstract, a brief literature review, methodology, justification of the research, a reference list of 15 references, and other attachments.

The average length of the final paper is 10-20 pages and should include a cover page, abstract, comprehensive literature review, methodology, data collection, data analysis, limitations, implications, references, appendices, and other attachments. The final paper should include 20 of the most current relevant references that are documented within the text of the paper and in a reference list. Students must use American Psychological Association 5th edition to reference in-text citations and the reference list. The final paper should be in a format conducive to submit to a journal for publication review.

Honors advisors for individual student research projects will be selected from the Education and Human Sciences faculty. Students are expected to meet with their advisors weekly. Students are expected to organize and participate in two committee meetings: one to discuss their proposal (during the HO 401 semester) and one to discuss their progress on the project (during the HO 402 semester).

These are general guidelines for the Honors Education Research project. Students should follow committee recommendations as well as published Honors College guidelines. The Honors College Director, Honors Faculty Committee, and student's honors project committee will be responsible for making final recommendations regarding any modification of these general guidelines for individual students.