Reviewing Sample Proposals
I. Reflection Planning Sheet
Very often a real stumbling block is that we don't have an image in our mind of what the finished research proposal should look like. One of the best ways to learn to write a research proposal is to read through someone else's. Read proposals in your field of interest, and ones outside. You never know where you might find insight, ideas, or inspiration.
Consider the following questions as you read: * How has the proposal been organized? * What are the headings that have been used? * How have elements been combined? * How is it laid out visually? * Does the proposal seem clear? What type of language does the researcher use? * What is the length of the descriptions and explanations for each of the elements? * How briefly are certain elements explained? Why? * How extensively are others? Why? * How does it suggest that the writer knows the subject area? * How does it suggest that the writer is trying to persuade an audience? * What are the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal? Why? * What traditional research proposal elements were included in this proposal? Which ones were left out? Why do these choices best suit the investigation or the audience that might read the proposal? * Why did the researcher make the choices in that were made? * Can I model my proposal after one of the ones that I've seen? Parts of one that I’ve seen?
Use the questions above and the grids below to help you to take notes. Sample Proposal 1 | Things I Want to Remember about Organization of Elements and Layout: | Subject | Things I Want to Remember about Descriptions and Explanations: | Topic | Things I Might Want to Try in My Own Proposal: |
Sample Proposal 2 | Things I Want to Remember about Organization of Elements and Layout: | Subject | Things I Want to Remember about Descriptions and Explanations: | Topic |