Writing a Research Proposal 8 Elements of a Research Proposal

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Background of the study

Statement of the problem

Objectives of the study

Significance of the study

Limitation of the study

Definition of terms

Methodology

8 ELEMENTS OF A RESEARCH PROPOSAL
1. Background of the study

Establish the area of research in which your work belongs, and to provide a context for the research problem.

Provides information to the research topic.

1. Background of the study

In an introduction, the writer should create:

i. reader interest in the topic,

ii. lay the broad foundation for the problem that leads to the study.

2. Statement of the problem

When you start a research, you have a question that you wish to seek answer for.

The question leads to a problem that needs to be solved by the research.

Begin the research with A DESCRIPTION OF THE PROBLEM or THESIS STATEMENT

3. Objectives

States what your research hopes to accomplish.

4. Significance of the study

Why your research is important and what contributions will it give to the field.

State how your findings CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE and WHY it is IMPORTANT that the research be carried out.

5. Limitation of the study

It is not possible to include ALL aspects of a particular problem.

STATE WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED!

A too wide area of investigation is impractical and will lead to problems.

SPECIFY THE BOUNDARIES of your research.

6. Definition of terms

Terms or concepts that you use should be defined and explained unless they are familiar or obvious.

Refer to authoritative sources for definitions.

7. Literature review

Shows that you are aware of the literature study that is required in your research area.

Your review a substantial amount of reading materials before writing your proposal.

Shows that you have the theoretical knowledge in your chosen research area

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