A Research proposal is similar to the dissertation in style and format, except that the proposal is written in the style of a “copy” manuscript as opposed to the “final” manuscript style of a dissertation. A description of methods to be used will of necessity employ future tense, because the work at this stage has not yet been done. Similarly, the purpose of the study should be explained in the present tense in the proposal and in the past tense at the study’s completion.
Research Proposal Structure:
3. Table of contents
4. Chapter I. Introduction, or Statement of a Problem
5. Chapter II. Review of the Literature and Research Questions
6. Chapter III. Methodology