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].
Just because you don't have to actually conduct the study and analyze the results, doesn't mean you can skip talking about the analytical process and potential implications.
Do not be afraid to challenge the conclusions of prior research.
Assess what you believe is missing and state how previous research has failed to adequately examine the issue that your study addresses.
A good strategy is to break the literature into "conceptual categories" [themes] rather than systematically describing groups of materials one at a time.
Note that conceptual categories generally reveal themselves after you have read most of the pertinent literature on your topic so adding new categories is an on-going process of discovery as you read more studies. However, before you begin, read the assignment carefully and, if anything seems unclear, ask your professor whether there are any specific requirements for organizing and writing the proposal. Proposals vary between ten and twenty-five pages in length.A proposal should contain all the key elements involved in designing a completed research study, with sufficient information that allows readers to assess the validity and usefulness of your proposed study. Note that most proposals do not include an abstract [summary] before the introduction.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.The purpose is to reflect upon gaps or understudied areas of the current literature and describe how your proposed research contributes to a new understanding of the research problem should the study be implemented as designed.The conclusion reiterates the importance or significance of your proposal and provides a brief summary of the entire study. 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.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.Note that such discussions may have either substantive [a potential new policy], theoretical [a potential new understanding], or methodological [a potential new way of analyzing] significance.When thinking about the potential implications of your study, ask the following questions:.