Research Proposal •Remember:Research refers to a search for knowledge. Research means a scientific and systematic search for pertinent information on a specific topic.•The purpose of research is to discover answers to questions through the application of scientific procedures•The initial step in designing a study is to write the research proposal. •A detailed plan for conducting a study on a specific research question, that includes a literature review and specific technique to be used. That is a written document of the concept, program and expenses of the research work.
Why a proposal?-The proposal:-states your research topic and motivates your choice;-offers information on previous research in your field of interest, and points out the area where further research is needed; -expounds the broader sociological context of the field of research;-indicates the conceptual framework;-critically engages with theoretical debates around your field of research.
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Why a proposal?•A research proposal offers an opportunity to •clarify your thinking•Write down ideas•articulate your thoughts in a way that will provide you with an outline of your study and a blueprint for future action•The proposal serves as a basis of discussion within other experts directly or indirectly involved with the work such as academic supervisors, granters and administrators.•But it is also your opportunity to ‘sell’ your project and get your study off the ground•It is like a blue print of a building plan before the construction starts
Research Proposals•A good proposal will convince readers of three things1.that your problem/question is worth exploring2.that you are right for the job3.that the methods you are proposing are logically and ethically sound•Writing a research proposal is both science and art•A good research proposal is based on scientific facts and on the art of clear communication