Make sure that your title goes beyond simply describing the subject matter – it should give an indication of your approach or key questions.In this section you should provide a short overview of your research and where it fits within the existing academic discourses, debates or literature.Research proposals may vary in length, so it is important to check with the department(s) to which you are applying to check word limits and guidelines.
Your references should provide the reader with a good sense of your grasp on the literature and how you can contribute to it.
Be sure to reference texts and resources that you think will play a large role in your analysis.
Moreover, they are used to assess and assign appropriate supervision teams.
If you are interested in the work of a particular potential supervisor – and especially if you have discussed your work with this person – be sure to mention this in your proposal.
Be sure to include specific techniques, not just your general approach.
This should include: kinds of resources consulted; methods for collecting and analyzing data; specific techniques (ie statistical analysis; semi-structured interviewing; participant observation); and (brief) rationale for adopting these methods.To encourage more paper submissions from graduate students, members of the AERA Graduate Student Council launched an initiative to demystify the conference-submission process.In addition to developing this repository of sample paper submissions—accepted submissions by graduate students from across the divisions—the GSC will hold informational sessions at AERA and post additional resources to this site.You should find a question that follows logically an existing line of inquiry or fills an existing void.The research proposal should then lay out your approach to answering this question or filling this void.This section should discuss the texts which you believe are most important to the project, demonstrate your understanding of the research issues, and identify existing gaps (both theoretical and practical) that the research is intended to address.This section is intended to ‘sign-post’ and contextualize your research questions, not to provide a detailed analysis of existing debates.Remember that this is not simply a bibliography listing ‘everything written on the subject’.Rather, it should show critical reflection in the selection of appropriate texts. Quite often, students who fit the minimum entrance criteria fail to be accepted as Ph D candidates as a result of weaknesses in the research proposal. (1997): Supervising the Ph D, (Open University Press, Milton Keynes). To avoid this, keep the following advice in mind: Bell, J. (2001): How to Research, (Open University Press, Milton Keynes). (2000): The Research Student's Guide to Success, (Open University, Milton Keynes).