Much thought occurs before you are ready to formulate an initial research proposal. At the broadest level, a fertile mind must be receptive to fresh ideas, ready to nurture and support a nascent plan and, after a period of intellectual germination, able to formulate the idea into a written research proposal. The process, and this chapter, operates on two levels, one, broad, conceptual, and philosophical; the other, focused, structural, and expository.
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