Presentation on theme: "Writing a Proposal Sparrow Freshman II. Before starting your research, you should submit a proposal that describes the nature of your research and indicates."— Presentation transcript:
Before starting your research, you should submit a proposal that describes the nature of your research and indicates how you will conduct it What is it?
The proposal serves TWO purposes It forces you as a researcher to clarify your own thinking. It allows your supervisor to realize the organization and the clarity of the ideas
The format of the proposal is fairly standard and needs to contain the following elements: The format of the proposal is fairly standard and needs to contain the following elements: Title Background Aims and Objectives (Rationale) Structure Methodology
What is the Title? A short clear indication of your focus
What is the Background? You need to demonstrate that you know what you are talking about, and that you have an overall idea of the facts surrounding the topic in question. What is the historical background or context? Who was/were involved? How did it change history? Why is it important? A success? A failure? When? Where?
What is the Rationale? That section should be designed to explain the problem you seek to address; as well as the reason for your choice. The aim is the inclusive driving force of the research. Thus, you should add your Research Question The objectives are the means by which you intend to achieve the aims.
EXAMPLE Aim: This research aims to identify and to produce an analysis of the factors influencing the learning process of children below six years old.
EXAMPLE Objectives: The research seeks to determine: a)The nature and effect of sociological variables b)The nature and effect of individual variables.
What is the Structure? Mainly, this part is a fundamental vision of your research. How many parts will it include? What each part/section will discuss? How the research will be developed? What are the possible outcomes? Informative? Argumentative?
What is the Methodology? After framing your ideas, you need to explain how you plan to achieve the aims and objectives. What methods do you plan to use? What is the nature of your sources? How will you use them? Different parts of your research may require different methods or analysis, thus you will have to explain which method you have used for which purpose and why.