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Resources: APA Manual, Peer-reviewed journal articles found in the university library and/or online library databases. Methods (Links to an external site.) : A description of how the study was carried out. Accuracy is important. The method section must be written with enough detail to permit replication. Be sure to provide enough detail to enable the reader can make an informed assessment of the methods being used to obtain results associated with the research problem. The methods section should be presented in the past tense. It is usually subdivided into the following sections: Participants: Describes who the research participants were, how they were selected (sampling), and how many were used. Materials or Apparatus: Describe the tools and methods used to collect information and identify the variables being measured; describe the methods used to obtain the data; and, note if the data was pre-existing [i.e., government data] or you gathered it yourself. If you gathered it yourself, describe what type of instrument you used and why. Note that no data set is perfect–describe any limitations in methods of gathering data. If you choose to use existing materials, then you must document the source or explain how they acquired the materials. When surveys or tests are used as outcome measures, each must be described briefly with an appropriate citation. Indicate the number of items, response categories and how it is scored. If researchers develop their own surveys, they must describe how the measure was constructed and provide the entire measure in the Appendix. It is also important to document the reliability and validity of all of your measures. For reliability, specify what estimation procedure(s) you used. For validity, you must explain how you assessed construct validity. Data Analysis: Based on how you have chosen to collect your data, describe the procedures for processing and analyzing the data. Based on the level of data you anticipate collecting, describe the specific instruments of analysis used to study each research objective, including mathematical techniques and the type of computer software used to manipulate the data. Write a 2-4 page methods draft covering the elements noted above. Reference Page Cite any pre-existing methods or materials or instruments utilized in your study. Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. Upload the Word document file to submit your Assignment.