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EAPP Final Performance Task: Research Proposal

Section:
Group Members:

General Length: Detail:


From one to three pages is often suitable, depending on the area of research.
The following outline may be used as a guide. You should consider each of the
areas that will be relevant to your research.

THE RESEARCH STUDY PLANNING TEMPLATE

TITLE OF YOUR Research Study


(Research topic/title. An initial working title should be provided and should describe the
content and direction of your project. For example: A template for assisting research
students in the development of a research proposal.

1. SHORT ABSTRACT (150 WORDS) IN PARAGRAPH FORM


 The abstract is often written at the very end of the process
 Includes a very brief description of your study and an indication of your findings

2. INTRODUCTION / PROBLEM STATEMENT / RATIONALE FOR THE STUDY


A. Aims
 What do you want to know, prove, demonstrate, analyse, test, investigate or
examine in your research?
 List your project aims in a logical sequence. For example: The aim of this project
is to:
o a) Provide an outline of a research proposal
o b )Enable a prospective student to prepare a research proposal

B. Overview of the Study (Use citations) In Paragraph Form


 What you hope to find out by doing this study?
 What is already known or unknown?
 Set the scene for your specific research. Define important terms.
 Why this study is important?
 What your research questions are?

3. LITERATURE REVIEW (WE DO NOT HAVE TIME TO WRITE A FULL


LITERATURE REVIEW BUT WE WILL TALK ABOUT IT) (USE CITATIONS)
In Paragraph Form
 Will showcase some literature that is related to your topic and be the foundation for
your study
 Use the sources to make a case for your study or show why your study is important
4. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS IN PARAGRAPH FORM
A. Overview the Design
 Why is a qualitative/quantitative study important here – what are you trying to
find out (repeat from the introduction)?
 What type of study will you do (a case study, an exploration of a topic, action
research used to improve practice)?
 How will you manage bias and control the quality of the study
o What you do anticipate will happen and how will you manage this bias?
o You need to make it clear where you stand as the researcher so it is clear to
readers
o What is the role of the researcher?
o What do you need? (specify any special equipment, software or material) Do
you require particular resources?
o Are there barriers or pitfalls that you can anticipate in your planned
research? Explain.
o Does the project involve human ethics, animal ethics or safety implications?
Explain.

B. Population and Study Sample In Paragraph Form


 What will be the sample size for your study?
 How you will select the participants for your study? Why?
 What criteria will you use when selecting sample participants?

C. Research Methodology In Paragraph Form


 Here is where you will lay out your research methods (think of it like a cookbook)
of hwo the study will run
 Sources of Data and Data Collection Methods
o Where will you get data? – interviews, survey, focus groups?
o How will you collect the data?
o Will you need to create an instrument (ex. survey)?
o What questions will you ask in the interview or focus group?

D. Expected outcomes, significance or rationale In Paragraph Form


 Why is your research important?
 What do you expect it will deliver?
 What are the expected outcomes?
 Establish the importance of your project by highlighting its originality or why it is
worth pursuing.
 Highlight the benefits, positive expected outcomes or innovative applications of
knowledge.

8. REFERENCES
You will list all of the sources you reference anywhere in your study (Literature Review
and Introduction.