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Reasons for writing a research proposal
Your research proposal: • gives you an opportunity to think through your project carefully, and clarify and define what you want to research • provides you with an outline and to guide you through the research process • lets your supervisor and department or faculty know what you would like to research and how you plan to go about it • helps the department choose an appropriate supervisor • gives you an opportunity to receive feedback from your supervisor and others in the academic community as well as possible funders • serves as a contract between you and your supervisor and university • can be submitted to an ethics committee to gain ethical approval • can be submitted to a scholarship committee or other funding agency
Developing your proposal
The process includes: • choosing a topic • narrowing and focussing your topic • formulating research objectives or questions and ideas for analysis • outlining the key literature in the topic area • deciding on research methodology, research design and methods • proposing an approach to data analysis • proposing a format e.g. how many chapters and suggested chapter headings • developing a timeline • developing a budget and resources you will need • developing a bibliography Writing a research proposal can be a demanding, frustrating, challenging and timeconsuming process - but it can also be exciting!
Your proposal does not permanently set what you will do. It is a starting point and throughout your research you will probably adjust and change your position. You will be able to trace the development of your ideas and measure the progress you have made by referring back to your proposal.
Suggest how many chapters you will have. Outline the aims of your research again and ideas you have on how you are going to analyse the data. and thesis title Table of Contents Abstract: This includes an outline of your proposal. Show how you have used your review of the literature to construct your own research methodology. You will be aware of problems others have encountered and be able to design your research and adapt methods for your research. For example estimate the time needed for tasks and assign tasks for each month. Include any tools for analysis you intend using or trying out.Suggested format of your research proposal Title page: This includes your name. Outline whether your research is qualitative or quantitative. what your research will involve. chapter headings and the order of presentation. title: Proposal for Thesis. Research design and methods: This section outlines how you are going to get your data. Timeline: Include a timeline to guide you and keep you on track. Budget and resources: Outline the resources you need and propose a budget . outline the ethical considerations and your application to the university ethics committee. Theoretical framework: A review of the relevant literature you have read so far sets your research in context. questions or hypothesis. Analysis and discussion: This section suggests what you are going to do with the data. experiments. Outline the methods you will use and problems you anticipate. observations etc. the links with previous research. It identifies the direction you will take from among the possible theoretical directions. research methods and how you will analyse the data. whether you are using triangulation. interviewing. You may need to identify the research paradigm and epistemologies that underpin your research. ways your thesis is different or unique.what prompted your interest in the topic. If humans or animals are to be used. and states the research objectives. By reading widely you will be familiar with methodologies followed by previous researchers and have explored possible research methods. Include a bibliography at the end of your proposal. questionnaires. department and supervisor/s. Research methodology: In this section identify the methodology that underpins your research and give a rationale for your approach. Format: Outline the format of your thesis. research questions or hypothesis. Background: This sets out why you chose your topic . statistics.
T. "You can only see as far as your headlights. K. is turning on the headlights. Writing a research proposal.Bibliography Katie Nimmo. . but you can make the whole trip that way". (2001). & Nimmo. 14 Kelburn Parade Roundtree. & Laing. Copy of tape available from Student Learning Support Services. K.R. postgraduate student at Victoria University. suggests Katie. Mathews. Postgraduate seminars 2001. Writing a research proposal. borrowed an analogy from E. Writing by degrees: A practical guide to writing theses and research papers. Auckland:Longman. References Morris. K. Doctorow who compared writing a novel to driving a car at night. (1996).
they are an indication to your faculty of your direction and discipline as a researcher. eyecatching and preferably use key words from the international information retrieval systems) writer's name and qualifications department. university and degree proposal is for Table of Contents lists sections of proposal and use a hierarchy for Cover page identifies topic. They also help you to prepare your presentation for the Ethics Committee. although your supervisor may require the inclusion or omission of parts. finding out about something worthwhile in a particular context. institution and degree . The proposal is expected to: • • • • • Show that you are engaging in genuine enquiry. Establish your methodological approach. writer. and Show you have thought about the ethical issues Structure of a proposal A proposal is likely to contain most of the elements listed in the table below. Establish a particular theoretical orientation. in that they may well change substantially as you progress in the research. concise. These plans are not binding. However. Link your proposed work with the work of others. Component Function Characteristics proposed thesis title (should be descriptive of focus. Check first with your supervisor. while proving you are acquainted with major schools of thought relevant to the topic.Monash University > Education > Students > Current students > Study-resources > Writing a research proposal Purpose of a proposal The purpose of the proposal is to help you (as student) to focus and define your research plans.
or What if) should be few. cultural. to the need to apply certain ideas in a new context.page references titles and subtitles may include historical. or to the significance of your particular topic the ways in which the study may be significant for the educational community may also be discussed the purpose is expressed in terms of the broader context of the study provides background information relating to the Background: (and a social/political/historical/ more descriptive name) educational (etc) context of the study Need for the study. so that the focus is manageable the aims will be related to the purpose and the questions Review of the literature to show your supervisor and department that you are aware this is not expected to be extensive for the . How. Usually this is combined with the previous section follows from background to persuade the reader that the study will be useful/interesting Purpose and aims of the study to state clearly and succinctly the purpose of the study to outline the key research questions and aims the research question(s) (usually What. political. social or organisational information about the context of the research may include a theoretical starting point may include personal motivation may include policy this may include reference to a 'gap' in the research literature. Why.
proposal you should have done an initial survey of the main theorists and a library information of significant writers/researchers search (CD ROMs etc) in the field. timeline or flowchart (or any other) each chapter's proposed contents is described in a few Research design describes the research plans . and to indicate to establish your which issues/topics you will directions and focus on in your review (this formulate a tentative may change later) list of readings to show that you can be judicious in your selection of issues to focus on and take an approach of critical inquiry you should demonstrate critical analysis your review should be shaped by your argument and should seek to establish your theoretical orientation includes your understandings of the nature of knowledge and how this affects your choice of research approach includes description of and rationale (brief) for selection of participants. methods of data collection and analysis. and procedures you will use to ensure ethical practice includes a statement about the delimitations (boundaries) of the study depicts the tasks proposed and Timetable/plan (may be the stages/times for their part of research design) completion Proposed thesis structure describes the focus of each proposed chapter this may take the form of a chart.
from another culture.Privacy CRICOS Provider Number: 00008C Last updated: 11 January 2011 .Accessibility information .lines or a small paragraph.Caution . explanatory statement to participants. and may be predicts the significance of the excluded if the study and expected outcomes. or a proposed table of contents is presented this is only a prediction. key concepts in a relatively new field) to display documents which are relevant to main text. questions for interviews. Significance/Expected Outcomes of the study Glossary of terms Appendices use referencing list of works that have been conventions References consulted thus far and appear to recommended by your be useful supervisor Copyright © 2007 Monash University ABN 12 377 614 012 .Maintained by Raqib Chowdhury . survey instruments. but whose presence in the text would disturb rather than enhance the flow of the argument or writing this is placed in a position which is easy to locate (eg. acronyms.etc. pilot study material. rationale for the study These may relate closely to aims has been well developed earlier in the proposal lists specialised terms or words and their meanings (eg. before or after the main text parts) includes documents.
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