1# The proposal will be formatted in APSA format it should be in double spacing and 12pt font.
2# The proposal will include a title, a clear introduction, a stated research question, a literature review, a bivariate directional hypothesis, a detailed methodology, a discussion of the described methodology’s specific advantages and limitations, as well as a references section.
3# The proposal will use at least 8 peer-reviewed articles/sources to inform the researcher of the existing knowledge on their research question and/or to help them design their methodology.
As you bring these sections together, consider adding relevant information or explanation that helps each section flow together. A strong proposal/research article has a logical order that should be clear to follow.
Include a justification of your research/Have a clear statement of purpose for your research. Make sure it is clear why it is important to study what you are suggesting with your methodology and how that approach will add to the state of knowledge. This can be done in a few different sections. Frequently a justification of work/statement of purpose is in the introduction or after the literature review.
Be sure that your methodology includes clear descriptions of your sample size, sample technique, a clear general research design, measurements for both your IV and DV, and how you intend to collect the data for each of those variables and/or sources for that data. These items create the actual methodology and they make identifying specific advantages and limitations much more concrete and direct.
This is a proposal, so you don’t have to collect the actual data or analyze it. But it has to be clear that the method for collecting data is viable and effective at testing the relationship stated in the hypothesis.
Consider treating this as a business plan. The more details you give and the better you demonstrate that this is a viable project, the more likely someone will either approve it or even give you funding for it. As mentioned, funding exists for student research.