1. A research proposal is a document proposing an outline of a new research project and itspotential value to society and contribution to the body of knowledge in science. Researchproposals are used commonly by academics and scientists to apply for funding for researchprojects from government or non-government funding bodies. Writing a research proposal isa critical real-world skill that all scientists or future clinicians who follow thescientist-practitioner approach should have. Proposals (like your assignment) are primarilyevaluated on the potential social and scientific impact of the proposed research, and thefeasibility of the proposed plan if and when its carried out
Title & Title Page: A clear and succinct title should be provided that reflects themain topic and relationship between the variables (IV and DV or predictor andcriterion variables) in the proposed study. Title page includes all key information(word count, tutor name, etc.).
Abstract: The abstract is a summary of each of the main sections of the proposal. Itshould ideally be written last. It should state the main background, aim and hypothesis4of the proposed study, mention the proposed participants and an overview of whatthey would be asked to do (e.g., any measures you would request them to complete)and lastly, include the practical or theoretical implications of the study assuming thatthe hypothesis is supported.
Introduction: The introduction should introduce the topic area and provide keybackground information and rationale for the research proposal aims and hypotheses. Use your information and arguments from Assignment 1 to guide you inwriting this section of the proposal. Introductory paragraph should give a broad overview of the topic with arationale for the importance of researching the topic (broad rationale for theimportance of the topic area). Further paragraphs should review, compare and contrast key papers succinctly(i.e., evidence of synthesis of past research; around five references or more). Gaps and limitations in previous research should be identified (i.e., evidenceof critical evaluation). The aim included should follow logically from Introduction and address a gapor limitation of previous research (written in future tense). Lastly, a hypothesis should be provided for the research proposaloperationalized and directional, with independent and dependent variables orpredictor and criterion variables clearly specified (written in future tense).
Method: The Method should clearly and concisely describe the proposedParticipants, Design, Materials and Procedure, and should pay attention to the ethicalstandards required of research performed at Monash University. Participants subsection included which outlines: Who the proposedparticipants are (e.g., sample size, age, gender); where the participants will berecruited from (e.g., Monash University or elsewhere); and the samplingmethod used (e.g., convenience sampling). Design subsection included which describes (in operationalized form): whatthe dependent and independent variables are (or predictor and criterionvariables for a correlational study); if groups will be compared, also states thelevels of the independent variable and whether the design is between-subjects(i.e., independent-measures) or within-subjects (i.e., repeated-measures). Materials subsection included which describes how you will measure yourvariables based on the design e.g., any tests used and how they will bescored for each group. Each instrument should describe what modality theinstrument measures (nominal, interval or ratio), what range of scores itmeasures (and what a high or low score represents), and finally how the finalscore represents the sample scores (e.g. the calculated mean responses, thesum of responses). It should also include evidence of reliability and validity ofthe instrument as per the sample proposal. This section should not include5things like a computer, paper, pen, etc. Procedure subsection included which displays awareness of ethical issues,and details: whether participants will be nave with regards to the studyspurpose; (if relevant) how participants will be assigned to different conditions;an what exactly participants will be requested to do (i.e., provides sufficientdetail for someone else to replicate the study without including too muchdetail).
Expected Outcomes and Implications: Summarises what the expected results are ifthe hypothesis is supported and if its not supported with discussion and reference toprevious literature. These potential findings should be interpreted with regard to boththeoretical and methodological explanations; key limitations should be raised, andfuture research recommended. This section should close with a statement about thebroader implications of the study. Restatement of the aim provided Statement given of expected findings (i.e., results) and how these relate to thehypothesis, e.g. If the hypothesis is supported X group will score higher thanY group on A, if its not supported, X and Y will score similarly. Addresses two key questions (Mitchell & Jolley, 2010): 1. What would be theimplications for interpreting existing theory and research if your hypothesis issupported? 2. What would be the implications if the results dont supportyour hypothesis? (p. 560). How might you be able to explain the findings ineither case with regards to the literature? (Note: you should not referencelimitations of your study here when discussing null results, instead discusswhy the results might not be as expected before discussing limitations). Mentions and explains (with evidence) potential limitations of the study Suggests improvements or extensions of the study (i.e., future researchdirections) Discusses the practical (i.e., real-world) implications of the study
You should be referencing relevant sources (at least 7 sources total) throughout yourproposal. You should use APA 7th referencing.