As most proposals contain three chapters, it is not unusual that with tense changes from future to past and other slight modifications, the proposal will become the first three chapters of the final study.
The purpose of the proposal is to describe in some detail the topic or problem (chapter one), relevant literature (chapter two) and methodology (chapter three) of your proposed study.
This is a succinct recap and summary of the topic you propose to study. You have now provided your reader with an understanding of the topic of your study.
It should end with a completion of the following sentence: Therefore, the topic (or problem) to which this study is directed is . The last sentence in the "statement of the problem" section should provide the reader with a clear and unambiguous statement regarding the nature of the problem or topic you propose to study.
These sections are intended to introduce the reader to the topic and should not be overwhelming.
For example, let's assume you are interested in the general topic of child care in industry.
You could also cite a few authorities who have written on this subject or quote statistics to support your ideas that effective child care programs have impacted businesses and industry.
After a page or two of this type of general introductory material, the reader should have a sense of the general nature of the problem you are concerned with.
It allows you to confer with others and make changes prior to actually beginning the construction. The proposal allows you to conceptualize the topic, organize the literature around the main ideas of your topic, discuss the proposed methodology for responding to the topic and consult with your committee prior to conducting the study.
With the exception of tense changes and other minor modifications that will be presented later in this paper, Chapter one of the proposal and the completed study are pretty much the same.