The Research Proposal: A map of the route you will follow to answer your…
The Research Proposal: A map of the route you will follow to answer your research question
3. Literature review
: Explores what is already known about the topic. Provides literature on key concepts contained within the question. Supports the 'problem statement' and identifies the gaps which the current research question will seek to address (study significance)
2.Research questions and sub-questions = Research Aim and Objectives
How will I find the answers to my research question/s?
Rigour (Trustworthiness in qualitative approach AND Reliability & Validity in quantitative approach)
How will I ensure that my methods of data collection will produce results which are a close reflection of the phenomenon investigated within the chosen study population.
How will I apply the principles of research ethics in the conduct of my proposed study? E.g. Informed consent, participant information, anonymity, confidentiality, right to withdraw, protection and storage of data, how data will be presented/shared.
Developing the RESEARCH QUESTION...
Last step in proposal BUT not an after-thought, ethical considerations should be made from the start
When thinking about likely participants - who are they and how they will be recruited?
Data collection methods and processes - how do these consider participants and uphold their rights in context of research?
Dissemination of findings/results
Data collection methods
:How will I collect the information I need to answer the questions? e.g. Survey? Observational checklist? Interview Schedule? Focus Group Discussion?
Sampling and Participants:
Who will be able to help me answer these research questions? Where will I find them? What criteria would I use to include or exclude them?
: How will I estimate/calculate/organize/categorize all the raw data in order to generate results about my entire study sample?
Research Aim and Objectives
: Rephrase questions as statements of intent, e.g. How do students feel about the shared research module? = To describe student impressions of the shared research module
Research Approach & Design
: Quantitative or Qualitative?