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· What is the role of theory in research proposals?

· What are the elements of a study plan? Where might a beginning researcher lose logical flow among elements in a study plan? Why might that happen?

· What are the pros and cons of selecting an established theoretical or conceptual model or framework? What are the pros and cons of creating/developing your own?

· What are some ethical issues particularly relevant to research in your discipline? What are some ways to address them?

· What are ethical concerns that are important at the beginning stage of the study? What about in the implementation and reporting stages?

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· What is the role of theory in research proposals?

Because the results of your research "will be discussed in terms of how they relate to the theory/line of inquiry that undergirds the study" (Pajares, 2007), you need to have a full understanding of the theory that you are using and you have to make sure that your reader does too. Explaining the theoretical background of your research project can also help you make connections between your research and unanswered problems in related fields (Committee on Defining and Advancing the Conceptual Basis of Biological Sciences in the 21st Century, National Research Council, 2008, p. 163).

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· What are the elements of a study plan? Where might a beginning researcher lose logical flow among elements in a study plan? Why might that happen?

The elements of a study plan depend on the organization for which you're writing your research proposal. Usually it includes:
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