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Since it’s a paper due in limited time, the paper doesn’t have to be perfect as
Since it's a paper due in limited time, the paper doesn't have to be perfect as long as you get your point across. I have my midterm so you just have to take out some paragraphs from it and replace them with the research method you chose which in this case it would be ethnography. Below is the instructions the professor gave. What is a research prospectus? A research prospectus is a proposal for a specific research project. It identifies 1) the question that the researcher is asking and 2) the materials and methods that the researcher will use in his/her research. For the purposes of this assignment, you are expected to write an 8-10 page research prospectus. This means that a research prospectus is NOT a traditional research paper. A research prospectus is a proposal: it specifies a research question and how the researcher intends to answer the question. The research prospectus should contain a discussion of potential hypotheses or explanations, but the prospectus itself does not answer the research question. Why not? The research prospectus is a proposal for how to study or answer a question; it cannot answer the research question because the researcher is outlining a research project, not conducting the research. What should be included in a research prospectus? 1) Introduction: A research prospectus contains a clear, concise introduction to the topic of the research. This introduction states the main research question(s) that the researcher proposes to answer. It provides some empirical background or context surrounding the research question. Most importantly, it explains how and why the methodological approaches/research design developed in the prospectus provides an effective strategy to answer the research question posed in the paper. 2) Approach, Themes, and/or Alternative Hypotheses: This section of the research prospectus outlines the basic themes and/or explanations that you wish to consider as possible answers to your research question. This is where you consider different alternative explanations or hypotheses, which you need to specify and explain in this section. You may believe that you have the answer to the research question or may feel strongly that one explanation is stronger than another. For a research prospectus, however, you need to consider other likely alternative explanations. Remember, a research prospectus is a proposal for how you would conduct the research; the prospectus does not provide the answer to the research question. Hypotheses, themes, or alternative explanations should either be logical alternative causes or explanations for the particular outcome that you have decided to explore. Often, these alternative explanations come from other theoretical perspectives that study the same or similar topics (outcomes). In discussing alternative themes, explanations, or hypotheses: you should try and specify what how two concepts (causes, outcomes) are related. Hypotheses, like explanations, are “better” to the extent that you can explain how/why the cause/independent variable is related to the dependent variable/outcome. In other words, the better job you do of explaining the “mechanisms,” the better this section of your research prospectus will be. If you are taking a more ethnographic approach, your discussion of themes need not be explicitly causal, but you should have some discussion of how the themes you are raising relate to your research question. 3) Research Strategy: A research prospectus also includes a discussion of your research strategy. Here you should discuss and identify the steps you will need to undertake to complete your research. You will need to specify what data you will be looking for. You need to state as clearly as you can how you will be gathering that information. This discussion should also make clear explains WHY and HOW your chosen research approach is suited to your research question. It must be clear, therefore, how your proposed research steps fit the research approach that you have selected. The discussion of your research strategy needs to make clear how the information or data that you gather will permit you to assess the different hypotheses that you outlined in the previous discussion. In short: how would you know which hypothesis is right? A discussion of your research strategy, or of the steps you will take for your research, requires that you have identified something to study: people, states, communities, countries, etc. This means that your research prospectus should address HOW you will identify those cases/subjects, how you will approach them or gather the information you wish, and how you would evaluate that information. 4) Conclusion: summarizes your claims and reiterates why your chosen research design suits the research question.

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