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In other words, the context should be the context of those questions, the problem statement should show why they are relevant questions, the literature review should establish they have not been adequately answered already, and so on.
This makes it hard for a reader to follow the line of logic you are establishing.
By aligning all parts of your dissertation proposal to your research questions, you will help your reader recognize the research gap you are filling, follow your argument, and assess the viability of your study.
First, create a table. Then, put your research questions in the first column, your objectives (if applicable) in the next column, different aspects of the problem in the next column, key lit review sources and gaps you have identified in the next, and so on. Then check—does each row make sense and line up properly?
If it does not, try to work out where you have gone off track. Maybe your objectives need rethinking, or you need to complete more literature research. Keep tweaking the project until the chart tells you everything lines up. Only then are you ready to start writing your proposal.
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