HHS4U1 Family Studies ISU – Mr. Clarke


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Students will complete a five-part process that will last the duration of the HHS4U1 course.  This five-part process employs the stages of the research process and asks students to critically investigate a topic relevant to the study of the family.

PHASE 1: The Research Question and Proposal 

Use the following resources to assist you in completing the first phase of your ISU:

  • Library Handout -List of recommended resources/databases; digital notetaker for preliminary research
  • The Q Chart – use this to assist in the creation of research questions
  • Proposal Template – use this to assist in compiling information to include in your Phase 1 Proposal

PHASE 2: Literature Review 

Literature Review Templatemake a copy of this to your TDSB Google Drive; use this template to prepare and outline your literature review before you write it

Literature Review (from OWL @ Purdue) 

A literature review is a critical summary of what the scientific literature says about your specific topic or question. Often student research in APA fields falls into this category. Your professor might ask you to write this kind of paper to demonstrate your familiarity with work in the field pertinent to the research you hope to conduct.

A literature review typically contains the following sections:

  • title page
  • introduction section
  • list of references

Some instructors may also want you to write an abstract for a literature review, so be sure to check with them when given an assignment. Also, the length of a literature review and the required number of sources will vary based on course and instructor preferences.
NOTE: A literature review and an annotated bibliography are not synonymous. If you are asked to write an annotated bibliography, you should consult the Publication Manual for the APA Format for Annotated Bibliographies


PHASE 3: Primary Research 

Phase 3 Presentation -outlines expectations and includes step-by-step instructions for question and survey development

Creating Good Interview Questions Handout -make of copy of this to your TDSB Google Drive

Using Google Forms How To Guide

Canvassing online (finding people to take the survey)

Make a list of community-based organizations and contact the lead people to ask if you can survey their members

► Consider emailing relevant organizations in your community by browsing the local libraries and community centres.

North York Public Library (visit the head librarian in person and ask for suggestions where you can email)
Griffin Centre (dealing with addictions and mental health)
Teen Health and Wellness lists a variety of community resources. Contact these organizations by email and as if they know of organizations that may be willing to take the survey. Find this database in our List of Databases (see right hand panel of this page). Inside a specific entry, look for the Resources on the left panel. Click here to see a large screenshot.


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