POLITICAL SCIENCE 552
OUTLINE FOR RESEARCH PROPOSAL
- Statement of the Problem
- Present clear, brief statement of the problem with concepts defined where necessary.
- Show that the problem's scope is such that it is a reasonable project to undertaken given the time and resources available.
- Describe the significance of the problem with reference to one or more of the following criteria:
- Relates to a practical problem.
- Relates to a wide population or to a particularly important population.
- Fills a research gap.
- Permits generalization to broader theoretical concerns.
- Sharpens the definition of an important concept or relationship.
- The Theoretical Framework
- Describe the relationship of the problem to a theoretical framework.
- Describe the relationship of the problem to previous research.
- Present alternate hypotheses consered feasible within the framework of the theory.
- The Hypotheses
- Clearly state the hypotheses selected for testing.
- Indicate the significance of these hypotheses for the theory underlying the research.
- Define concepts or variables (preferably in operational terms).
- Independent and dependent variables should be distinguished from each other.
- The method of measurement (and type of measurement--interval, ordinal, nominal) should be indicated.
- Data sources (for archival projects) or data collection procedures.
- Questionnaire design.
- Data collection process (in class, telephone, personal interviews, abstraction form documents, etc.).
- Method of analysis (statistical technique to be used).
- Time schedule for completion of research. (Note that I will not accept papers after June 1, 1998).
- Selected bibliography and references.
[Adapted from Delbert Miller, Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement (New York: David McKay, 1977); and D.R.
Krathwohl, How to Prepare a Research Proposal (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1965).]