English 677 Research Proposal

Dr. Carter Spring 2010

Description: Your research proposal is your plan for data collection. It is necessarily flexible, and things may not always go according to plan (that’s okay!). Even so, it is crucial that you have a plan. The research proposal asks you to question what you know, what you don’t know, and what you hope to know. Also crucial are the ways in which you are going to treat the community you are investigating and the data you are collecting to represent them (all with great respect, of course!). Purpose: To flesh out your research plan and circumvent as many problems as possible to ensure a graceful entry into your fieldsite and/or archives and a productive experience all around. Components: Your Research Proposal must include:

1. a discussion of what you hope to accomplish 2. an explanation of why the research is important to you (local) and how you have framed 3.
the central questions or lines of inquiry for your research (background) a statement describing the ways in which you will approach your data collection, analysis, and write up that will ensure the participants in your study will be treated with the utmost respect and that the process will follow the ethical practices set by university researchers and the Institutional Review Boards that oversee such research (who will you approach for permission and why? How will you approach them?) a discussion of how you will obtain signatures on the requisite forms and a draft of the permission forms you intend to use (signatures due very soon!) a detailing of your research plan (when and where will you research, and how?) a description of the methodology for your research (how will you collect the data and why this method as opposed to another?) a discussion of how your research connects to the wider scholarly community discussing such subjects (Where’s the literacy? How will this project contribute to the larger scholarly conversation in literacy studies, especially as represented in our required course readings?)

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As you write, keep in mind that your responses to the guiding questions listed above should be integrated into a coherent essay. Your paragraphs should not stand as separate, isolated responses to the questions but should be held together as a cohesive proposal by the exploration of what you want to research, why you want to research what makes it important, and the connection you can make between your research in this local context and the larger scholarly conversation in literacy studies. Resources: You should find many useful details among the support materials developed for English 102. See http://faculty.tamu-commerce.edu/scarter/research_proposal for important questions that should help you get started, provide a possible format for this Research Proposal, and offer information regarding what I will be looking for as I evaluate it. Other important information:

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On the “Research Proposal” (see http://www.faculty.tamucommerce.edu/scarter/research_proposal) On obtaining requisite permissions (see http://faculty.tamucommerce.edu/scarter/getting_permission.htm) On the Research Portfolio (see http://faculty.tamucommerce.edu/scarter/research_portfolio.htm More on the Research Portfolio (see http://www.scribd.com/doc/23412622/ResearchPortfolio)

English 677

Dr. Carter Spring 2010