H809 – Research proposals (A16.1)
Fortunately, this will be the last ‘hurdle’ to take before I can fully concentrate on the EMA. It is also good that with TMA01 I/we already lay the foundation for the upcoming EMA (end-of-module assessment), although I felt quite overwhelmed at that time to already decide on a topic for my final project. Now I am glad that we received some feedback and can built on that. However, it seems ages ago and after working a couple of days feverishly to get my head around the EMA for H807, the design, justification and reflection of a learning activity, I need to immerse back into this project and enlarge upon and expand on that what I started in TMA01. Meanwhile we learned a lot more about research methods, learning theories, different technologies and a lot more and this needs to be considered and meaningfully embedded.
Well, back to the proposals, because a quick glance into the forum showed me that the structure of my project will strongly depend on whether I might go for a research proposal style or a ‘traditional’ research paper. Reading the many papers for H809, but also for H807 I found a couple interesting structuring which might be useful for my project.
Let’s start researching, time is short and the EMA is due on the 29 June :-S
Possible proposal structures This proposal structure is derived from the Open University UK social science research site. Unfortunately the link to the Institute of Educational Technology does not work.
- A working title of the topic area
- A general overview of/introduction to the area
- Identification of the relevant literature
- Key research questions
- Timescale of the research
The research proposal guide website proved quite valuable, providing a list of links to different proposals.
Following several links I ended up at the University of Salford and found this structure.
- Research context
- research problem statement
- research aim and SMART objectives (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound)
- >research methods
- research plan
This table of contents suggested from Ismaheal Ofori Amponsah, a student from the University of Cape coast, Ghana.
Summarizing all the suggested elements for a proposal I ended up with the following list: