Written Task Prerequisite to Approving the Proposed Research Title

Rationale: This task asks you to state the required background information which is essential to clarifying your proposed research
title. This output should be clearly and concisely written in a way that it convinces me (as EdRes teacher) to approve your proposed
title.

Direction. Supply the necessary information on the space provided for. Cite reputable references as needed within the
information/text you stated. Submit a computer-written print copy of this output on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Part I. Group information

Name (Last, First, MI) Program of specialization EdRes code EdRes class time
Example:
Hernandez, Ken W. BEED-Generalist 05693 3:30 - 4: 30

Garate, Ivy E. BSEd-English 01833 6:30-7:30
Sungahid, Honey Grace F. BSEd-English 01833 6:30-7:30
Yap, Nicole Ann A. BSEd-English 01833 6:30-7:30

Part II. Proposed research title

Proposed research title:
Our proposed research title is …

The Level of Mastery in using Prepositions among the Grade 8 students in Magtuod National High School

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Part III. Five elements of the statement of the problem (in Plano Clark and Creswell’s (2015) terminology)

Elements Your answer (in full sentences, with in-text citations as needed)
Research topic and Our research topic is about the usage of preposition.
related CTE research
agenda This topic conforms to the CTE research agenda “Strategies and Methodologies of Teaching and
(Subject area of the Learning”
study)
Research problem One issue/concern/controversy related to the topic that needs a solution is the difficulty in mastering
(An issue, concern, or the usage of prepositions.
controversy related to the
topic that needs a According to Tetreault & Chodorow (2008), having a wide range of “linguistic functions” this has
solution) somehow led to a certain level of difficulty particularly confusion among the L2 learners. The
confusion normally happens when the learners are uncertain about which prepositions to be used in
almost similar context (as cited in Arjan, Abdullah, & Roslim, 2013).

Justification for the This issue/concern/controversy is important since prepositions are always considered as the most
importance of the crucial elements in teaching English particularly in the teaching of speaking and writing skills
research problem (Morenberg, 1997).
(Supporting evidence
about the problem’s As revealed by Mukundan and Norwati (2009), the difficulties in relation to prepositions for teachers
importance from the and learners are caused by “the nature and complexity of prepositions” itself (as cited in Arjun,
literature and/or Abdullah, & Roslim, 2013).
professional and personal
experience)

Deficiencies in the Something that is not/less known about this issue/concern/controversy is having less attention in
knowledge about the focusing with the correct preposition that must be used in writing.
research problem
(Something that is According to Murs (2012), prepositions have been called the biggest little words in English; there
not/less known about the usually quite short and insignificant looking but they have very important functions.
problem)

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Elements Your answer (in full sentences, with in-text citations as needed)
Audiences that may People who may benefit from the knowledge generated by our/my research study are the students,
benefit from the teachers, and researches. Students who will gain a better understanding of how to use preposition
knowledge generated in writing. Teachers who will learn about the challenges faced by their students in difficulty of using
by the research study correct preposition. Lastly, the researchers, themselves, because it will give them knowledge and
(Researchers, further information about this issue.
practitioners, policy
makers, and other
individuals who could use
the missing knowledge if
it became known)

Part IV. Purpose of the study, research questions, and definition of terms

Purpose, questions &
Your answer (in full sentences)
def’n
Purpose of the study The purpose of this study is to examine the level of mastery of the students in using prepositions.
(Overall direction/ focus/
intent of the study)

Research questions Specifically, we plan to address the following research question:
(Narrow the purpose of
the study to a. What is the level of mastery of the students in using prepositions?
specific/researchable
questions that the
researcher seeks to
answer in the study)

Purpose, questions &
Your answer (in full sentences, with in-text citations as needed)
def’n

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Definition of terms Conceptually, mastery refers to the knowledge and skill that allows you to do, use, or understand
(Constitutive (or something very well.
conceptual) and/or
operational definition of In this study, mastery operationally refers to how well students able to use preposition.
variables/phenomenon in
the study) Conceptually, preposition refers to the words that show the relationship between two words in a
sentence (Castro, M.C.S.A., 2013)

In this study, preposition operationally refers to the knowledge of the learner or their competence in
understanding and using it.

Part V. Proposed research instrument(s) to be adapted for our study and their brief descriptions in terms of purpose and
type/format/structure of the instrument(s)

Basic feature Your answer (in full sentences, with in-text citations as needed)
Name of instrument 1
and brief descriptions

Name of instrument 2
and brief descriptions

Name of instrument 3
and brief descriptions

Note: Attach the research instrument(s) to be adapted.

Part V. List of references we cited within the preceding text/information
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References (following APA 6th edition referencing guidelines):

Arjan, A., Abdullah, N.H., Roslim, N. (2013). A Corpus-Based Study on English Prepositions of Place, in and on. English
Language Teaching, 6(12). Retrieved from http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/elt/article/viewFile/31768/18528

Tunaz, M., Muyan, E., Muratoǧlu, N., (2016). A Corpus Based Study on the Preposition Error Types in Turkish EFL Learners
Essays. UHBAB: International Peer-Reviewed Journal of Humanities and Academic Scinence,

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Useful research text references to guide you in the process of accomplishing the written task:

Creswell, J. W. (2012). Educational research: Planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research (4th ed.).
Upper Saddle River: NJ: Merrill.
[See your EdRes file compilation; to address especially Parts II, III, & IV]

Fraenkel, J. R., Wallen, N. E., Hyun, H. H. (2009). How to design and evaluate research in education (8th ed.). New York, NY:
McGraw-Hill. [See recent my FB post; to address especially Parts III, IV, & V]

Johnson, B., & Christensen, L. (2008). Educational research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches (3rd ed.).
Thousands Oaks, CA: Sage.
[See UM Matina library; to address especially Parts III, IV, & V]

Johnson, B., & Christensen, L. (2014). Educational research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches (5th ed.).
Thousands Oaks, CA: Sage.
[See UM Matina library; to address especially Parts III, IV, & V]

Plano Clark, V. L., & Creswell, J. W. (2015). Understanding research: A consumer’s guide (2nd ed.). Boston: Pearson.
[See recent my FB post]

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