Your rationale

This is an account of why you did what you did, i.e. it could include an account of your research focus. Basically though it is an opportunity to write briefly about why you wanted to do this research and what you hoped to get out of it. In the case of the example I have used to write about the focus and the questions, that is student teachers not coming to terms with the approach the school had adopted for the teaching of history. It might be that a particular incident triggered your awareness of the problem. It may be that you are the co-ordinator of student teachers in the school and the person who leads the history teaching in the school has raised the problem with you. Telling a little story is always a good way to engage readers in a problem.

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