Purpose Statement and Definitions.The purpose statement should clearly identify the reason for conducting the study. Ideally, it will be the first sentence of the first paragraph of the preliminary proposal and begin with, The purpose of this study is to … This should then be followed by operational definitions of all key concepts, terms, and variables.
Background Information.This section should contain information about the need for the study. It should identify the research problem, discuss how this problem emerged (i.e., what led to its recognition as a problem to be studied), and be linked to the body of information currently available in the field. You also should include information about the theoretical grounding of the proposed study.