The first and most important step in any research is to identify and delineate the research problem: that is, what the researcher wants to solve and what questions he/she wishes to answer.
A research problem may be defined as an area of concern, a gap in the existing knowledge, or a deviation in the norm or standard that points to the need for further understanding and investigation.
Overall, a good research proposal takes time to write and must identify what the proposed research will address and why the proposed research is so important. The length of the proposal depends on the length of the paper.
Here is a brief explanation of the sections needed to complete a standard research proposal as well as the writing timeline you should strive to follow. A two page paper might just require a paragraph or two for a proposal.
This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.
Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.Think about where you get your information on a daily basis.It's probably the internet, tv, social media, and from your friends and family.A research proposal is a great way to introduce you to research without making you write a long research paper (sounds nice, no? It is preparing you for future classes where you might have to write a paper whether you research the same topic or not.If you do research the same topic, a research proposal gives you a huge head start because you end up having done a lot of prep work for the final project.Although many problems turn out to have several solutions (the means to close the gap or correct the deviation), difficulties arise where such means are either not obvious or are not immediately available.This then necessitates some research to reach a viable solution.A paragraph summarizing your topic of research, who or what will be the object of data collection, how the data will be collected, how it will be analyzed, and what results you expect (possible outcomes). " "Who else has worked on this or similar problems? " "What were the results or conclusions of previous research?" - In this section, show the relevance of your research to other research that has been done.- In this section, elaborate on how you will use your data to answer your research question(s), to make generalizations, to defend assertions, to examine possible alternative outcomes to construct a plausible argument.If you have ever read a news article online where it included the phrase "In a recent study..." you got a small glimpse of a parallel world.