RESEARCH METHODS IN EDUCATION
Assignment 2: Thesis Proposal (2500 words, +/-
The sections below will become the starting point for
chapters in your actual thesis. Please
include the following:
carefully crafted title or overarching question which sums up
your topic very clearly and precisely in an unbiased way.
A rationale for
your question (why have you chosen it?). This will be approximately 400 to 800
words and will outline the main reasons why this topic is an important one to
study (e.g. professional or educational reasons). It will also provide
some contextual information (background, setting, social/political
considerations). This section aims to show the value of your study and to
convince the reader of the reasons why it should be investigated. Although your
rationale may include some personal reasons for your interest in the topic, you
will need to use literature to support your assertions in order to remain
objective and unbiased.
aims of your research and the contribution it will make to this
area. (An extended version of this will become Chapter 1: Introduction to
your actual thesis). Aim to provide 3 or 4 key aims, usually in bullet-points,
that will act as a roadmap to your study. By the end of your study, you should
have clearly addressed each of the aims outlined.
of key literature on
your chosen question (approximately 800 to 1000 words). Aim to compare and
contrast arguments from current/previous research on this topic (include
definitions of any key concepts/words, any exclusions). You are aiming to
provide the reader with an overview of the current literature that exists in
this field. (An extended
version of this will become Chapter 2: Literature Review in your thesis).
Methodology: (approximately 800 to 1000 words). As
you have done in Assignment 1, you are now looking to justify your own
decision-making around the methodological choices you have made for your study.
Justify your chosen paradigm (or philosophical approach), as well as your
methodological approach, data collection methods and ethics, making
consistent references to methodological literature to support your
decisions. You must be very clear – which methods have you chosen, how
many participants are involved, how did you select them, and why, how long will
interviews be, how many observations do you plan to conduct, etc.? Also include
why you have not chosen a particular method, making constant links to your
research aims to show why a decision to include or exclude a certain approach
was appropriate – always using literature to support your arguments.
Analysis: (approximately 400 to 600 words).
Justify how you will analyse your data. Discuss areas such as triangulation,
validity, integrity, credibility – and refer to literature to support your
discussion. An extended version of the two previous sections will become
your Chapter 3: Methodology in your thesis.
word allocations above are merely a guide; you do not have to stick to them
absolutely to gain a good mark in this assignment.
Reference List: Please provide a full reference list of
the citations used within your assignment, according to Harvard Referencing
conventions. Please be consistent in your referencing and try to provide
a reference for every assertion that you present.