For your thesis proposal you should only describe directly relevant findings.
The purpose of the review is to summarize what is known for the reader and to point out the strengths and shortcomings of prior research.All seniors interested in using community-based research (CBR) as their graduation requirement are required to submit proposals and receive approval before they can proceed.Community-based research proposals follow APA style but may deviate from it somewhat; the method section needs a subheading called “site description,” for example.For example, if you are working with autistic children at Margaret Murphy, but are not yet 100% sure of your research focus, you will review the research literature on autism in the age group you will work with. A method section that includes a description of the site/agency/workplace of your community partner. Please note that the seminar instructor sets a due date for these proposals.If you know what kind of data collection you will do, it belongs here. A results section that describes what kind of data you will collect and what kind of analysis you will apply to the data, either quantitative, qualitative, or both. A brief discussion of what your results contribute to your community partner and to the field of psychology. A statement of any other work you may produce for your community partner. It is usually a little later than other proposals in order to allow time for communication with community partners.Revisions or elaborations of the proposal may occasionally be requested by the Department.To help you in writing your proposal, a sample is available here (PDF 470 kb) (and also on Lyceum).How will this research advance our understanding of the area under investigation? The REFERENCE section should contain a listing of all of the references listed in your proposal in proper APA style.Proposals are approved by the third week in each semester.Briefly describe the specific area of research and the types of studies that you will review.If there are two (or more) sides to the issue, be sure to mention that here.