Q: What do I include in chapter one of my research project?

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The introduction forms the first chapter or first section of any research project that you write, whether it is a project proposal, project report, thesis, or a journal article. Since you have used the word "chapter," I assume that you are referring to a project proposal/report or thesis.

Typically, chapter one of a research project proposal or thesis includes the following components:

  • Study background
  • Statement of the problem
  • Purpose of the study
  • Research question(s)
  • Significance of the study
  • Definition of terms
  • Theoretical framework (not required for project proposal/report)
  • Limitations of the study
  • Basic assumptions
  • Organization of the thesis (not required for project proposal/report)

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