Outline the project This is the central part of your research outline.
Consider your work to be a Work-in-Progress and allow yourself a flexible planning: Stay ready to revise the proposal according to new insights and newly aroused questionsand keep on modifying the working hypothesis according to new insights while formulating the proposal and the working hypothesis.
In such cases, reviewers and/or committee members will have difficulty recognizing the problem.
A problem statement should be presented within a context, and that context should be provided and briefly explained, including a discussion of the conceptual or theoretical framework in which it is embedded.
Such justification may either be of an empirical nature (you hope to add to, or extendan existing body of knowledge) or of a theoretical nature (you hope to elucidate contentiousareas in a body of knowledge or to provide new conceptual insights into such knowledge).
All research is part of a larger scholarly enterprise and candidates shouldbe able to argue for the value and positioning of their work.
Strive for the title to be ten words or 60 characters: focus on or incorporate keywords that reference the classification of the research subject Abstract/summary statement of the research project: This one page summary focuses on the research topic, its new, current and relevant aspects.
Strive for clarity; your greatest challenge might be narrowing the topic Review of research literature A short and precise overview about the current state of research that is immediatelyconnected with your research project.
Remember that the theory/line of inquiry selected will inform the statement of the problem, rationale for the study, questions and hypotheses, selection of instruments, and choice of methods.
Ultimately, findings will be discussed in terms of how they relate to the theory/line of inquiry that undergirds the study.