My paper topic is Dressing and Self-perception
Here is the prompt and requirement:
To that end, the Research Proposal contains the following, required items:
Cover Page (this is not included in the 10 page minimum)
Proposed Study\’s Data Source
References (this is not included in the 10 page minimum)
Each of these components break down as follows:
On the cover page you need to have the following items: title, your name, course number, and date submitted
The introduction will serve to introduce the topic and idea to your audience (i.e. me). In this case, you need to construct an introduction that motivates an interest in the topic as well as introduces the basic necessities of understanding to your reader. To that end, your introduction should focus primarily on your issue of interest (the pay gap, for example).
Make sure there is a clear thesis of what your overall paper is as well as the research question youre attempting to answer.
It should give some insight into the components that underlie that issue (define it, give a bit of history on it, and also present basic statistics for it, which you can obtain through places like newspaper articles or research organizations like Pew).
Remember: the introduction motivates the reader to want to know more, so it needs to stay focused on the issue that you want to address. If you have an annual review article, it can give you some great basic details for your introduction.
For your literature review, you must use a minimum of 10 peer-reviewed, academic research articles. The literature review serves to fine tune your point further and helps you to focus on where you are most specifically interested, namely the key concepts, factors, and variables that you think influence the problem you are trying to understand.
You need to work through your idea here about what you identify as happening. This works to take what youre interested in and give insight into how its complex. So, make sure your literature review discusses what influences youre interested.
For example, say you were interested in the voting behaviors of people. Your literature review would note what influences people to vote and why. So, youd most likely have some discussion of how and why race influences voter preference, as well as some discussion of some things like gender, income, etc. That way your reader understands the complexity of the issue, but keep in mind your major focus.
For this section, you\’re welcome to break it down into subsections. For example, if you\’re doing a study of food consumption patterns and the changing nature of diets being influenced by pop culture, you could have subsections regarding vegetarianism/veganism, gluten-free, paleo, etc. (Or, if you\’re more interested in how food trends are mediated by demographics, you could use subsections like Racial Variation in Food Consumption, Gendered Nature of Food Consumption, etc.)
These should clearly articulate what you are expecting to see in terms of your key independent variable(s) influencing your dependent variable, or at least the what you expect to see.
For example: at this point Id make the claim of what I expect to see in my own data as it flows from the literature review I just did.
Note that your point of what you\’d expect to find must make sense with the literature review you just wrote; you don\’t simply use your personal thoughts here, you\’re make an educated guess (aka you were just educated by the literature review you performed).
Do not worry about writing these as formal hypotheses like you would for statistical testing (though you\’re welcome to).
Proposed Study\’s Data Source
As a social science major, you\’ve been exposed to much in the way of data collection, research methodology, and data. To that end, you\’ve just spent the bulk of the paper identifying a research question for your reader, reviewing literature, and letting the reader know what you think you\’ll find. To round this out, spend some time talking about how you think you\’d be able to address your research question in a substantive manner. Here, I\’m less concerned about you identifying a specific method but I am concerned with making sure you conceptualize the manner in which the question could be addressed. Use your skills and knowledge from your major. If you\’re having trouble with this section, please post on the forum and either Vanessa or myself will get back to you and, this way, your peers who are also having trouble can benefit.
The conclusion reiterates your main research question and the points youre expecting to address and why. Highlight how your research fits within and is useful for the broader area youre arguing for. Additionally, note what you cant address in this project but make sure you present how this gets us moving forward and basis for understanding and pursuing future research
In addition to using in-text citations, you must also have a references list. Use whichever citation method you want but it must be uniform!