Assessment Item 3: Research Proposal – Instructions and Guidelines Due: Monday Length: Weight: % Please Note: The instructions in this document and the accompanying Guidelines are the determining document for any queries about Assessment Item 3. INSTRUCTIONS This assessment is designed for you to complete a research proposal. Your proposal should: Identify the research question and the aims and objectives of the research; Outline the background to the research question and why it is important; Set out your approach to the research (methodology/epistemology); Include a brief summary of the literature related to the research topic; Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues and concerns in relation to your research topic; Identify, explain and justify your research data collection methods and the expected data to be produced; Include a brief discussion of your data analysis methods (relating back to your methods of data collection) This will be measured against the Assessment criteria provided for this assessment item. To complete the research proposal you have words. This requires that you are concise, focused and clear in order to cover all the required information. You need to write in sentences and paragraphs and use dot points as appropriate. To write succinctly as is required in a research proposal you need to be well read and knowledgeable about the topic and confident you know what the research is about and what you plan to do. That is, there is considerable planning and reading to be undertaken to be able to present a concise and informed Research Proposal. A research proposal follows a set format to present an overview of the research and to explain the different aspects of the proposed research. Before any research can be approved there must be a research proposal that clearly sets out the purpose of the research, the need for the research and the stages to be undertaken. These are suggestions only and it is up to you to your work across each section of the Research Proposal so that you cover all the sections and provide the necessary information for the proposal as clearly and as succinctly as possible. Remember a research proposal is SUCCINCT, LOGICAL, and CLEAR. discuss the matter with are still unclear what to do. Assessment Item 3 Instructions/Guidelines Page 2 RESEARCH PROPOSAL TEMPLATE GUIDELINES These guidelines will assist you with responding to each section of the Template. Introduction The introduction provides an overview of the research topic, its purpose and the broad field within which it is located. This is followed by a description of the specific area of your interest and the topic of your research. Finally a short statement on how you see that you research will contribute to the existing research/knowledge about the field. For example it might be to address a gap in the research; the impact of an issue on a specific group of people; a specific lens on the issue; addressing policy in the field. etc. Research question, significance and aims of the research Researchquestion Here you identify your specific research question. The research question may not be a question as such, but rather a precise statement of a problem to be investigated. Significance Why it is important, how it will add to the existing knowledge, etc. Aims of the research, for example: To build on existing knowledge about a particular aspect of the topic; To test the relevance of the findings of existing research to a particular target population; What the research will not be doing if this needs to be stated. Use dot points as appropriate to address the above Background to the research Briefly describe the social/political/economic background/context of the research that you consider make the research important. This leads into the next section and the literature review. Literature Review – (Corrected version) In this section you would provide an overview of the literature relevant to your research topic. In order to write an effective literature review you are advised to look at: • Research already undertaken on the topic • Different theoretical perspectives on the topic • Literature on the topic that raises different issues The minimum number stated in the marking criteria is 10 relevant books, book chapters, and journal articles. I also want to state that you will need more than just 10 references to justify the necessity of your research. You can include relevant www sites (correctly referenced) but these are additional. Please also state what other references would be included in your research. List at least 15 relevant resources (this can be presented in the table format). Assessment Item 3 Instructions/Guidelines Page 3 5. Conceptual framework and Methodology (i) Epistemological position (ii) Theoretical perspective (iii) Methodology (iv) Research design We have covered the first part of the unit. Now you need to think through these questions in relation to your research question and to you as the researcher. This section requires you to have a clear grasp of your understanding about knowledge construction; what you want to find out and how it will contribute to knowledge; why you are doing this research what motivates you, e.g. social justice, search for knowledge, etc.; where you are coming from theoretically and methodologically, and how this translates into a research design (for example action research, or PAR, or ethnography, or survey research, etc.) and the form of the research data qualitative, quantitative, mixed. Ethics Discuss any ethical issues relevant to your research. Think about methods of gathering data, target population, nature of the issue being researched, social/moral issues. For the purposes of the assignment this is a brief explanation of the ethical issues you . Research Methods Participant selection links back to Section 5 above In this section you outline your target population for the proposed research and how you plan to recruit your participants be specific. Methods to gather data links back toSection 5 above Be specific, what methods – interviews, focus group, Participant observation, a selfadministered survey, etc. and how will the data be formulated? Methods to analysis data links back toSection 5 above Be specific, how will you analyse the data, computer program for qualitative or quantitative data SPSS or NVivo or more simply with Excel; discourse analysis; thematic / content analysis, etc. and what form will the results take? At this stage it is not expected that you will have determined specific questions to ask participants. The focus is on the method(s). 8. Timetable of proposed research Report and Dissemination and Conclusion Briefly explain the potential audience(s) for the report who would be interested, e.g. fellow researchers in the field? policy makers? community groups? general public? etc.; and how you would expect to disseminate the report to these groups. References (not included in the word count) Include a reference list of all material drawn on to complete the research proposal. The list should be in alphabetical order (regardless of the form of the literature) and include in-text references and the articles/books in . Referencing should Harvard.