One of the earliest documents that doctoral scholars have to write is a research proposal in which they provide a rationale and motivation for the research study they plan to undertake. This chapter discusses the form and function of a typical research proposal and provides a range of tools and techniques that can assist doctoral or graduate students in conceptualising and writing this high-stakes document.


Research proposal Doctoral dissertation Literature review Significant contribution 


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  1. 1.School of EducationUNSW SydneySydneyAustralia

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