The research proposal should be formatted in the following way, as referenced from page 119 of the course text:
a.Introduction: Introduces the reader to the topic and the proposed research question, preparing for the rest of the proposal.
oTopic and statement of the problem
oPurpose and significance: States how the study contributes to either scholarly knowledge or to addressing a societal issue.
oLiterature review: Gives an overview of what is known on the topic and how the proposed study situates itself in the scholarly debate on the topic.
oOverview questions and sub questions: This is where you present your specific research question and the minor questions you may address on your road to addressing the main research question.
c.Methodology: Outlines, in detail, how the study will be conducted, including where data will be collected, what data, and how it will be analyzed, including
oSite or population selection.
oData gathering procedures.
d.Ethical considerations: States how the researcher plans to adhere to the professional ethical guidelines and protect the human participants during the conduct of the study.
f.Appendixes: As appropriate. Containing interview questions, informed consent documents, observation protocol, etc.
The Final Paper
Must be ten to twelve double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the writing center.
Must include a separate title page with the following:
oTitle of paper
oCourse name and number