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The research proposal

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The Research Proposal


Action research project title


Research question 

  • the big question usually begins with an action word like How or In what way....
  • sub-questions


Research rationale/background 

  • identify the purpose for this research - concentrate on the why of the project.  


Key readings

  •  readings that have informed the research proposal; at this stage it need only be a partial literature review  - key areas  you are reading in.


Research methodology

  • research approach (qualitative, quantitative, mixed method)
  • research sample (profile of particpants eg number, experience, qualifications, age groups)
  • data collection methods
  • data analysis methods
  • validity and reliability checks (i.e. how will you ensure that your data is valid and reliable?)



  • How will you report your findings? How long might this document be (need to consider what you want to do with the product - publish in journal, use as presentation etc.) ?


Key project activities with timeline 

  • this is a 'to do' list with timeline, e.g. send out permission letters; have inital meeting with participants to outline project etc.


Ethical considerations

  • time involved for participants
  • anonimity considerations (surveys, reporting etc)
  • permissions (to participate, interview, take photos, video)



  • costs involved (travel, stationery, data help)

Comments (2)

Anonymous said

at 9:01 pm on Sep 14, 2007

This is very useful, thank you. I have copied and pasted it into Word so that I can use it as a basis for writing about the actions that I have started to chart and evaluate.

Anonymous said

at 9:48 am on Sep 15, 2007

This looks like a great starting point to begin documenting what si still only in my head. Thanks

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