A proposal is the first step in producing a major project or paper. Its intent is to convince your instructor that your topic and approach are sound, so that you gain approval to proceed with the actual research. As well as indicating your plan of action, a proposal should show your theoretical positioning and your relationship to past work in the area.
Credit: Dr. Margaret Proctor, The Academic Proposal
The abstract will serve as a brief summary of your proposal. An abstract for a research proposal typically includes the significance (need) of the work, your hypothesis and major objectives, the procedures to be followed to accomplish the objectives, and the potential impact of the work. Abstracts are generally 100-250 words long.
As your write your abstract, you can use the following questions as a guide:
The research context is the broad background against which you will conduct your research. Identifying the context helps you situate your research within the existing body of literature on a topic.
Describing the context of your research includes:
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