THE RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS
THE RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS
The research hypothesis typically states the anticipated relationship between variables in a quantitative study. Oftentimes, these variables are labeled as dependent and independent, with the independent variable meaning the intervention, treatment, or other change that is introduced. The researcher then wishes to measure the impact of that change on the dependent variable.
Why might it be important for a researcher to predict the findings and show the variables’ expected relationship in this manner? What purpose does the hypothesis serve? In this Discussion, you answer these questions and generate a hypothesis for your own proposed study.
Be sure to review the Learning Resources before completing this activity. Click the weekly resources link to access the resources.
· Review the Learning Resources on the research hypothesis and its purpose.
· Consider the problem you have identified, the research question, and your initial reading of the peer-reviewed research articles. Based on these, generate a research hypothesis.
· Note: If your research question is qualitative, for the purposes of this Discussion, consider how you would change the question to use a quantitative approach. Then develop a hypothesis that would be generated from that question.
BY DAY 3
Post your description of the hypothesis’s function in the research process. Then, share the hypothesis you have generated for your research question. Identify the independent and dependent variables in your hypothesis.
Note: If your research question is qualitative, for the purposes of this Discussion, consider how you would change the question to use a quantitative approach. Then develop a hypothesis that would be generated from that question.
BY DAY 6
Respond to two colleagues by providing constructive feedback on their hypotheses. Use the Learning Resources on hypotheses to inform your feedback (i.e., cite and reference).
· Yegidis, B. L., Weinbach, R. W., & Myers, L. L. (2018). Research methods for social workers (8th ed.). Pearson.
· Chapter 4: Conducting the Literature Review and Developing Research Hypotheses (pp. 71–99)
· This week, read pages 71–85.
· Philbrook, J. (2017, March 13). Literature review essentials: Identify themesLinks to an external site. . Walden University Writing Center. https://waldenwritingcenter.blogspot.com/2017/03/literature-review-essentials-identify.html
· Walden University Writing Center. (n.d.). Writing a paper: OutliningLinks to an external site. . https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/writingprocess/outlining