Topic—Effect of Gender on access to higher education: The perspective of Sri Lankan female secondary school teachers
Contents of a Research proposal-
This 2,000-word include-
o Background and rationale (an overview of the problem needing to be addressed, and the value or significance of your proposed study in addressing this problem)
o Aim, objectives and research questions
o Synopsis of literature that places the research aim, objectives and questions in context and justifies the significance of the proposed study. This should include a discussion or relevant theories.
o A description of the research design (methodology, methods, data collection, data analysis, ethical considerations, validity and reliability considerations)
o Reference list
• Introduce the topic
• Give background and context
• Outline your problem statement and research question(s)
• Compare and contrast: what are the main theories, methods, debates and controversies?
• Be critical: what are the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches?
• Show how your research fits in: how will you build on, challenge, or synthesize the work of others?
Research design and methods
Following the literature review, it’s a good idea to restate your main objectives, bringing the focus back to your own project. The research design or methodology section should describe the overall approach and practical steps you will take to answer your research questions.
Methodology in a research proposal
Research type • Will you do qualitative or quantitative research? – Qualitative
• Will you collect original data or work with primary or secondary sources? Primary
• Is your research design descriptive, correlational, or experimental?- Descriptive
Sources • Exactly what or who will you study (e.g. high school students in New York; Scottish newspaper archives 1976-80)?- Srilankan female secondary school teachers
• How will you select subjects or sources (e.g. random sampling, case studies)? Random sampling
• When and where will you collect the data?
• What tools and procedures will you use (e.g. surveys, interviews, observations, experiments) to collect and analyze data? Survey with questionnaire
• Why are these the best methods to answer your research questions?
Practicalities • How much time will you need to collect the data?
• How will you gain access to participants or sources?
• Do you foresee any potential obstacles, and how will you address them?
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