The Exploratory Plan (4% or 40 points)
Your Exploratory Plan will present key research questions, how you will research them, with what methods, and what impact your research might have. The plan will be at least 900 words (3-5 pages double spaced).
Together with the Vision/Mission Statement, the Exploratory Plan will serve as an early draft ( a "hint") of your Prospectus. In this document, you are to present:
Crucial to this plan is articulating your already given understanding of your project and of research that you distinguished in your inventory and the limits you have encountered.
Consequently, your plan ought to push you to explore beyond those limits, extending you out into new territory and into areas you do not already know or have mastery in. You will need to argue for how your plan will help you accomplish this push to explore beyond your current inventory.
Toward this end, you will provide a list of (at least 12) texts, artifacts, and experiences that you consider to be past explorations of your research questions (even if this is only recognized in retrospect).
In order to write this exploratory plan, you must engage in preliminary and new research this semester to locate and then list (at least 12) texts, artifacts, and experiences you are proposing to study and write about during this semester.
You also must articulate your method of research: what actions will you take, using what tools and/or approaches, and to accomplish what aims? Why?
Last: you are to spend some time speculating on what impact your research might make for others in a given community.