Let’s start with the bad.
Yes, that’s right. It is Friday and the proposal is not done. But come on, did you really think it would be?
If so, thank you for the vote of confidence.
But let’s move on to the good news. Today was a fruitful, fabulous day. This thing is GOOD, if I do say so myself. The more I work on it, the more I love it. Before I gush any more, let’s recap what the proposal consists of for those of you following along at home.
Essentially, the proposal is the first three chapters of your dissertation. It includes your title, the problem you’re investigating and the research questions you’re trying to answer, a review of the literature (theories and current research pertinent to your topic), and a description of your research design (participants, site, etc.). How detailed you get within these section varies, usually depending on who your advisor is, but for me, this blessed document will be anywhere between 75 and 100+ pages.
So, that’s what I need to pull together, and I do have all of these sections accounted for, just in varying degrees of completeness and in various documents. My topic is one I’ve been studying and writing about since I started at BC, so some of this is a matter of culling the best of it together into one cohesive piece. Right now, the following pieces are COMPLETE: the title (which is a big deal if you know me), the problem and research questions, and the research design. It is 35 pages of goodness. What I need to do next is read through my 50+ page review of the literature and revise it and merge it with my 4 page theoretical framework.
This won’t be a easy task, but it’s doable.
And it will be done before my “vacation” ends.