Research Questions 1 page (A minimum of 8-10 questions)
Design and Methodology 1 page
1. Are women making less than men?
2. What are the earnings of Men vs. Women?
3. What policies are in place and what should be brought up to par?
4. Why women at the top of the income scale earn so much less than their male counterparts?
5. Are companies filling occupations based on gender or experience and education?
6. Will women ever reach equality in pay?
7. What are the factors / barriers that are visible and invisible (Glass Ceiling)?
8. What is the comparison of Federal wage difference, State wage difference and private sector wage difference?
9. What are the ratios of the variance in earnings?
10. What is the ethnicity disparity in pay?
This section will include the research questions that will drive your study. You should have 8-10 questions.
Design and Methodology
The methods section of a research paper provides the information by which a study’s validity is judged. The method section answers two main questions: 1) How was the data collected or generated? 2) How was it analyzed? The writing should be direct and precise and written in the past tense. You must explain how you obtained and analyzed your results for the following reasons:
Readers need to know how the data was obtained because the method you choose affects the results and, by extension, how you likely interpreted those results.
Methodology is crucial for any branch of scholarship because an unreliable method produces unreliable results and it misappropriates interpretations of findings.
In most cases, there are a variety of different methods you can choose to investigate a research problem. Your methodology section of your paper should make clear the reasons why you chose a particular method or procedure.
The reader wants to know that the data was collected or generated in a way that is consistent with accepted practice in the field of study. For example, if you are using a questionnaire, readers need to know that it offered your respondents a reasonable range of answers to choose from.
The research method must be appropriate to the objectives of the study. For example, be sure you have a large enough sample size to be able to generalize and make recommendations based upon the findings.
The methodology should discuss the problems that were anticipated and the steps you took to prevent them from occurring. For any problems that did arise, you must describe the ways in which their impact was minimized or why these problems do not affect the findings in any way that impacts your interpretation of the data.
Often in social science research, it is useful for other researchers to adapt or replicate your methodology. Therefore, it is important to always provide sufficient information to allow others to use or replicate the study. This information is particularly important when a new method had been developed or an innovative use of an existing method has been utilized.