The Researched Proposal
For this assignment you will be proposing a change in your own community. This could be a change in policy, a change in procedure, a change in attitude, etc. However, your topic MUST be local, either concerning a change at FIT or a change in one of your other communities.
Your task is to research a problem and then propose a solution. Whatever your topic, you will take a stance and provide support or evidence for your position. Proposing a solution demands that you use sound logic, good reasons, and solid research.
First, determine a problem that needs research. You may decide that FIT needs to address a problem in a way it hasn’t before. You may also consider researching a problem in your home community, a work community, or another community you are a part of.
Next, consider your target audience for this research report. For example, if you are looking into a problem in the dorms, you would probably target your final report to the head of Residential Life. Each problem will have a different target audience so think carefully about the best audience for your problem and situation.
Once you’re determined your problem and your audience, begin to conduct some preliminary investigation into the problem. Review the relevant databases and other online resources to obtain resources to expand your understanding of the topic.
Instead of a standard research paper, I am asking that this project be formatted as a LETTER either to an official on campus, a local official, a state representative, or another applicable authority figure. The recipient of your letter will depend in large part on your topic.
In addition to this letter and because letters typically do not contain in-text citations, you will also be creating a fairly extensive annotated bibliography documenting ALL of your sources. If you were to send your letter, this annotated bibliography would serve as an enclosure documenting your thorough research process as a means of increasing your authority. In this case it is important that your annotations connect to the content of your letter and the argument you are making.
Focuses on a specific and well-defined problem
Offers a clear and well-argued solution
Responds effectively to objections, counterarguments, and alternative solutions
Employs a clear, logical organization
Formatted and presented as flawlessly as possible in terms of standard English grammar and expectations for the selected genre and for this class
Example on how it should look like
A Few Examples of Proposed Topics
Your Name Here
November 9, 2020
Proposed Topic, Audience, Research Plan #1
The safety and protection of residents in the community due to regular vehicular accidents caused by motorists. The need for more traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.
Address to the attention of Mr. Rafael Espinal Jr. New York City, council representative for the 37th district. 1945 Broadway Brooklyn, NY 11207.
Why it is necessary to address the situation. What are the best and most effective measures to ensure residents safety?
Proposed Topic, Audience, Research Plan #2
1) Proposed Topic: What problem and/or solution will you be addressing for your proposed topic? Integration in classrooms for children with special needs.
2) Audience: Who specifically will you be addressing your letter to? What is the person’s name and official title? Education boards, local governments, school systems.
3) Research Plan: What questions or concerns will guide your research? Why children with disabilities are being excluded from classrooms, and how to integrate them properly using Individual Education Plans and other resources.
1)Proposed Topic: What problem and/or solution will you be addressing for your proposed topic?
The problem I will be addressing for my proposed topic is whether some high schools should permit students to decide what to wear to school or not.
2) Audience: Who specifically will you be addressing your letter to? What is the person’s name and official title?
The letter will be addressing to the Administrator of Education in my country.
3) Research Plan: What questions or concerns will guide your research?
Although everyone has the freedom to choose what to wear, requiring students to wear school uniforms can influence students to display their individual personalities in the following ways:
uniforms make students equal on an economic level
uniforms encourage the individual students of a school to feel like part of a bigger group
uniforms can reduce unequal treatment by teachers. Uniforms help teachers make judgments based on ability, not appearance.
Uniforms can make student focus on their study.