This task relates to the following Learning Outcomes: 2. Assess research methods, consider whether a Kaupapa MÄori research framework is necessary and select appropriate research methodologies to address a specific research question. 3. Design a research proposal. 4. Examine ethical issues for research involving the professional environment, MÄori people and Kaupapa MÄori. Task: Having identified your research gap and intended research question from your Literature Review, write a comprehensive Research Proposal setting out the components of your research topic and how you intend to carry it out. A comprehensive proposal sets out everything funders, ethics committee, research subjects, cultural advisor, supervisor, and other stakeholders need to know to approve and/or participate in your research programme. Use the guide below to structure your proposal. Task Rationale: A research proposal is the basic planning document for a piece of research. It justifies the research, identifies its focus and key components, and sets out cost issues, impact (on funders, participants, cultural issues), and the soundness and achievability of the research plan. Research Proposal Guide: Use the following guide to draft your proposal. If you and/or your supervisor decide a section is not applicable, omit it. You may use this format or draft your own. However, you are required to address all the aspects specified in the Marking Rubrics. 1. Research project title § Try to come up with a catchy one. 2. Background to the research § Clearly identify the issue or problem to be studied and detail why this topic is important to your setting and your profession in general. 3. Research question § Write the research question you want answered by this research. 4. Literature § Literature review is an integral component of a full research proposal. Given that you have completed a Literature Review for Assessment 1, you may make full use of that review. However, this is an opportunity for you to refine the review, correcting syntactic or grammatical errors or reviewing newly-identified sources. In particular, you are required to forge in the new version a strong link between the literature and your research proposal, that is, you need to re-examine or re-affirm the research gap to ensure that your choice of research topic is justified by the research gap(s). 5. Methodology § Write about your research design (qualitative or quantitative). Discuss your chosen technique (eg. case study, action research, etc) in relation to its relevance for your chosen research. Describe the setting in which the study will take place. Include such things as situation, type, amount of staff, ethnicities represented, socio-economic level of the area, any special features (make sure you ensure confidentiality). Clearly identify your relationship to the setting here. § Provide detailed information about the participants, who they are, how many are proposed and expected, how you will select them. § Include clear and concise information around the research method/process eg. who will collect the data, what method(s) will be used to collect data? Include samples of surveys or questionnaires in your appendix where applicable. Detail how you will analyse the data and where you will store it here also. § Make links to your reading to justify your methods. 6. Ethics § Write a statement about ethics here. Include your responsibilities as a researcher at each stage of the research. Discuss how you will ensure that you do no harm to the participants. How will you ensure confidentiality of all participants? How will you honour, respect, promote, and defend their rights, cultures, traditions, values, and economic or political expectations. Your discussion should have literature support. § Detail the processes around information sheets, informed consent and consent forms. Ethical requirements around photos and other use of IT if relevant should be included. Discuss where consent forms will be kept, for how long, and who will have access to them. § Detail the data management processes here, eg. who will have access to the data, where will they be stored, how long they will be kept for, and what happens to them at the end? § Consider whether your study involves other cultural groups and discuss the correct cultural protocols around consultation and consent. § If working with MÄori participants, consider the appropriate cultural consultation and consent methods. § Acknowledge any ethical biases or issues of power that may arise in relation to the research. § Discuss how many copies of the report will be made and include information about where these will be kept. Also mention your class presentation and any other presentations or publication you may be thinking of doing. § Provide samples of the information sheets and consent forms in an appendix. 7. Timeline § Write a timeline for your research project from start to the handing in of your final report. Make sure you include key factors such as hand-in dates, meetings with you research supervisor, consent forms out and in dates. § Make sure that each time segment is manageable. Remember this is to provide you with a realistic guide. Aim to complete the final report at least 2 weeks before the final due date to allow for the unplanned delays. 8. Reference list § Provide a reference list following correct APA 6th edition format.