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06/20 - Writing a Research Proposal

Research Proposal


A formal step in the research process

To define, refine and focus your research ideas

Shows links between previous research

Best ways to research the problem

Education is a social science

Whats in a Proposal

Introduction to the Research Question

The introduction to the research question sets the scene and provides background on the topic, What is the broad area of inquiry, What aspects do you want to know/find out, What experience or general sources have informed your interests in this area, What specific question you want to investigate in the study

Overview of Relevant Literature

Summarises key publications

Critically analyse previous studies

Summarise the implications of previous studies

Relate previous studies to the present study

Consider the theoretical perspectives and research methods that have been used in previous studies

Takes up about 1/2 of the proposal, For every 10% should be 5 articles, 10- 100 articles

Sources, Books, Journals, Individual experts, Peer Review

Explanation of choice of Paradigm

Discuss the researchers 'worldview' that informs how they collect, interpret and report data, Paradigms reflects the researchers belief about, Truth, Reality, What is real, Knowledge, What does it mean to know

Some Paradigms in Educational research, Positivist, Constructivist, Interpretive, Critical, Marxist emancipatory, Feminist-post structural

Explanation of Choice of Methodology and research methods

Methodology, The underlying theories that inform the research, The philosophical assumptions that underlie the study, Phenomenology, Postivism

Method refers to:, Details a given process or procedure for carrying out the research, eg., Case study, Grounded research, Ethnography, Action research, arts-informed, narrative

Explanation of general research design

Research Design should include:, Description of participants, Data collection procedures, Reliability, validity and trustworthiness, How data will be analysed and reported

Description of participants

Who, Description, Quantitative studies will talk about a population, Sources of information, Documents, films, Pictures, Artefacts

How, How will you select and recruit participants

Ethics, what ethical considerations will you need to take into account

Will only have 1-2 different interviews, 1 hour of interview takes 6 hours to transcribe

Planned Data Collection Procedure

What data could you collect to answer your research questions

To think about:, Procedure to collect data, The researchers role in the research, Timeline for data collection

Data Collection, Interviews and focus groups, What is the participants experience, What meanings lie behind observed behaviours or evidence, Information provided directly from participants, Structured, Semi-structured, Unstructured, Observations, Anecdotal, Event sequenced, Time sequenced, Documents, Policies, Lesson units, Photos, artworks, drawings, films, Letters, newspapers archival documents, Field Notes, Journals, Reflections, Interviewing, Ethics and informed consent, Researcher effect, Power relationships, Questions, Loaded, Structured, semi-structured, unstructured, Participant effect, Timeliness, Distractions

Reliability, validity and trustworthiness, Bias, Surveys

Outline of Data analysis and reporting

How will you analyse the data, Theory-led, data-led, Discourse analysis, semiotic analysis, visual analysis, Categorising, coding, memoing, journalling

How will you report the data, Commonalities, Differences/extremes, Links to key literature and prior research