Posted by: frodas | April 25, 2010

Research Project Proposal

Initially, I had the intention to research a question regarding the possible career paths as a Finance major. This seemed like a good topic to research, but I realized that attending a career fair would be more adequate to inform me of such question. Browsing through the online databases of DePaul, I found difficulty to gather more than two sources with accessible text for some of the alternate questions I wanted to use. I remember hearing many people in class using psychology based questions for their projects. So I jumped on the bandwagon and chose to take the same route.

Taking a look at the available resources, psychology was one of the categories listed in DePaul’s databases which include a wide variety of articles, databases, and journals on this topic. All I had to do now was come up with a question I was truly interested in pertaining to psychology. Thinking back to when I was taking psychology in High School, sleep deprivation was a topic briefly covered which has now become more relevant to my life. As a college student I find myself staying up later due to the increased amount of work needed to be fit in every day. This has made me wonder about the affects my body faces when I lack sleep. Narrowing this wasn’t difficult as I am most interested to know more about the relationship between sleep deprivation and student’s education. My research question has been broken down to the following: how does a lack of sleep affect the body and the ability for a student to learn?

My research question is relevant to many people in my age group and to students who face similar circumstances. It’s essential that college students understand the correlation between sleep and how it affects their studies. This might be the reason behind why some of us can’t seem to learn anything from our morning classes as our memory struggles to remember new material taught in class because of the insufficient amount of sleep from the night before.

Overall, my research will help inform students about the importance of proper sleep. I want students who struggle to learn in school to ask themselves if they feel a difference in their academics when they get a sufficient amount of sleep. As a result, they will become aware of the significance sleeping has on their learning abilities. We all know how hard it is to maintain a good GPA, and if getting better sleep will help individuals do better in school, then this issue must be addressed to those who don’t understand the true value behind a good night’s sleep.


Banks, Karen, and Raleigh, NC. Dept. of Evaluation and Research. Wake County Public School System. What Research Says about Teenagers and Sleep. Research Watch. E&R Report. 2001. ERIC. EBSCO. Web. 25 Apr. 2010.

The author of this article states that when deprived of sleep the most common consequence for students are memory lapses. Through scientifically backed research, Banks extensively covers the mental effects students face from the lack of sleep while acknowledging that as we get older there’s more work and less sleep causing a major issue in education. The purpose of the research conducted is to connect the lack of sleep to “emotional, intellectual and social lives of teens” in order to inform the reader on the importance of sleep as we mature. This article is intended for the US Department of Education to have scientific evidence on the issue of sleep deprivation in students.

Scarpello, G. (2010). Lack of Sleep Could be Trouble for CTE Students. Techniques: Connecting Education & Careers, 85(2), 8-9. Retrieved from Education Research Complete database.

In this article Scarpello suggests that the lack of sleep can have very harmful effects on the body. His writing is developed by first introducing us with the adequate amount of sleep needed and then proceeds by sharing some of the negative effects in our memory, hormones, and metabolism as due to a lack of sleep. He provides us with all the negatives in order to expose the benefits of restoring the body with adequate sleep. The audience of this article is targeted to people who don’t recognize the consequences of sleep deprivation.

“Slipping Sleep Routines.” Scholastic Parent & Child 13.4 (2006): 57. Education Research Complete. EBSCO. Web. 25 Apr. 2010.

This article urges parents to create a bed time schedule for their children to get the nine to eleven hours of sleep they need. The author starts by addressing the issue that children aren’t getting enough sleep and how it affects children differently from adults. The purpose is to have parents make sure they eliminate pre-bed activities and provide them with a sleeping time that will allow their children to have an adequate night’s sleep. The intended audience is for parents with children in preschool who have “trouble staying awake in the afternoon, routinely falls asleep, and needs to be prodded awake every morning.”


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