create a research space
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It is important when writing a research proposal, a conference paper or a journal article to establish the warrant for your research. This is the rationale for why you are doing the research. Establishing the warrant is usually done through writing what John Swales (1) calls CARS, Create a Research Space. Here’s my adaptation of how CARS goes.
Move 1 Establish a Territory in which to Locate your Work
Step 1 Claim the centrality of the problem in a current policy or professional issue and/or
Step 2 Make the topic generalisations about the problem which will be generally accepted and/or
Step 3 Review relevant items of previous research about the problem… in order to
Move 2, Establish a Niche for Your Research
Step 1 Counter-claim a position in relation to policy, practice or the extant literatures or
Step 2 Indicate a gap in policy, practice or the extant literatures (but do not over claim…
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