Topic: The rise of teenage prostitution in post war Sierra Leone: Exploring education and health outcome.
Structure of the dissertation proposal
Around 6-8 pages in length (about 2000-3000 words), and include a:
Rational for the study
Aim and overarching research questions
Methodology and methods
The table, below, offers an example of a proposal template developed you can adapt for your own use.
Research Proposal (2000-3000 words in total) – suggested template
Title(this can be working title which you might revise later on)
Background (about 400 words). This section should briefly:
Inform readers about what is known about the problem or issue at the international, regional, national and local level
Inform readers about what has already been published on the problem/ issue
Outline what gaps you identified regarding what is known about the issue
Provide a brief discussion of key concepts in your field (about 250 words). For example,
For education in general, you may wish to outline what you mean by education and learning and its political and social nature
For planning, you may wish to briefly outline what is meant by planning and/or which planning approach you are using and why
For health and wellbeing, you may wish to discuss how you locate your study with regard to the World Health Organisation definition of health and wellbeing, and what you understand to be the key features of health promotion
For gender, you may wish to outline what you mean by ‘gender’, and note its social, political and relational features
Conceptual framework (about 300 words)
Describe which conceptual framework(s) you are using to guide your research and why. This may relate to the overarching concepts addressed in the core CTI module, such as rights-based approaches, the capability approach, gender relations, human capital theory, the Ottawa Charter.(Please choose gender relations and human capital theory).
Aim and overarching research questions (which guide the study overall)
The aim will provide readers with a general sense of the purpose of the study, such as to increase an understanding of…. (for example, issues that affect the quality of education)
Overarching research questions let readers know what answers the study is likely to provide with regard to the aim. They might follow this format:
What is already known about [such and such] an issue in general terms: (This could be answered through your literature review)
What are the current factors that relate to the issue in the context in which you are interested? (This could be answered through data/information collected through your field (or desk-based) study)
What implications do findings have for the development of …. – forexample, policy, practice and research. (This could be answered through the discussion of your findings and your implications)
Methodology (usually include all the headings and sub-headings in bold) (about 600 words)
The overall approach: Whether the study adopts a broadly positivist, interpretive or a critical approach – and why you have adopted this approach
Study design: What overall design will be used (such as case study or survey or another design you decide) – and why this design is being used
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