Proposals vary between ten and twenty-five pages in length.
Proposals vary between ten and twenty-five pages in length. As with writing a regular academic paper, research proposals are generally organized the same way throughout most social science disciplines.Think about what questions other researchers have asked, what methods they have used, and what is your understanding of their findings and, where stated, their recommendations.
Consider not only methods that other researchers have used but methods of data gathering that have not been used but perhaps could be.
Be specific about the methodological approaches you plan to undertake to obtain information, the techniques you would use to analyze the data, and the tests of external validity to which you commit yourself [i.e., the trustworthiness by which you can generalize from your study to other people, places, events, and/or periods of time].
The goal of a research proposal is to present and justify the need to study a research problem and to present the practical ways in which the proposed study should be conducted. Approach it with the intention of leaving your readers feeling like--"Wow, that's an exciting idea and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
Connected to the background and significance of your study is a section of your proposal devoted to a more deliberate review and synthesis of prior studies related to the research problem under investigation.
The purpose here is to place your project within the larger whole of what is currently being explored, while demonstrating to your readers that your work is original and innovative.
Since a literature review is information dense, it is crucial that this section is intelligently structured to enable a reader to grasp the key arguments underpinning your study in relation to that of other researchers.
A good strategy is to break the literature into "conceptual categories" [themes] rather than systematically describing groups of materials one at a time.
The only elements missing from a research proposal are the findings of the study and your analysis of those results. This section can be melded into your introduction or you can create a separate section to help with the organization and narrative flow of your proposal.
Finally, an effective proposal is judged on the quality of your writing and, therefore, it is important that your writing is coherent, clear, and compelling. This is where you explain the context of your proposal and describe in detail why it's important.