Think very carefully about the scope of your research and be prepared to explain how you will complete it within this timeframe.
Be sure to include specific techniques, not just your general approach.
This should include: kinds of resources consulted; methods for collecting and analyzing data; specific techniques (ie statistical analysis; semi-structured interviewing; participant observation); and (brief) rationale for adopting these methods.
Be as specific as possible in identifying influences or debates you wish to engage with, but try not to get lead astray into a long exegesis of specific sources.
Rather, the point is to sketch out the into which your work will fit.
Your research proposal creates the general idea of your research by highlighting the questions and issues you are going to address in your paper.
To write a research proposal, demonstrate the uniqueness of your research paper.
Research proposals may vary in length, so it is important to check with the department(s) to which you are applying to check word limits and guidelines.
Generally speaking, a proposal should be around 3,000 words which you write as part of the application process.
(1999): Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-time Researchers in Education & Social Science, (Oxford University Press, Oxford).
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