A Research Proposal

Apr 7, 2018

A Research Proposal

This lecture will cover some of the main features of writing an introduction for a research proposal so what’s the purpose of an introduction well it’s kind of like a literature review if you’ve ever done a literature review which is reviewing a bunch of articles and drawing some conclusions from them but it has a central focus you’re trying to make your case as to why your hypothesis is a great hypothesis and why this study should be done and be done in the way that you’re proposing that it should be done so you introduce the scope and the focus of your specific topic and your reader should know right away exactly what your papers about. Get useful tips and hints for your future paper at Edusson.

Not all about one of your topics and all about another one of the topics but that you’re seeing these two topics as related it outlines your reasons for the study in terms of arguments and evidence which is taking past findings and organizing them into arguments so you have themes of support for your hypothesis a literature review is part of your introduction and it’s a broad to narrow look at the main areas of your study so you start out very broad about the scope and focus of your specific topic and you get more specific as you bring in related research organized into the themes of arguments and it’s all focused on supporting the hypothesis that’s your whole main point of your introduction is this is why this is a great hypothesis but in order to you can’t just say that it’s a great hypothesis you really need to provide a lot of information for your reader so they understand why it’s a great hypothesis you also have a chance to include variable definitions and need to include variable definitions about anything that’s central and important to your hypothesis in terms of how you see it conceptually like a conceptual or construct definition and how you propose to measure it very briefly the most common mistake in writing an introduction is to do an article by article summary.

So here’s an example William Bowen and colleagues argued this Liam Downey’s study contradicted Bowen at all and then all about Liam Downey study and then Aniston study here’s all about this and here’s all about this article so here’s this article here’s this article here’s this article well that is not good for a tired busy skeptical reader so you always want to think about tired busy skeptical reader who wants you to put it together in the way that you’re synthesizing it and why those are important within the context of larger themes another piece is that you don’t include specifics about methods data or results you just include a very brief outline and variable definitions at the end of the introduction to give a thumbnail sketch of how what the study is being proposed but then you get very specific in your methods section to explain all of those details just to reiterate you want to avoid article by article summarization.