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Chapter 1

Problem Statement, Purpose Statement, and Research Question

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The Dissertation Proposal/Manuscript Template includes checklists for all sections of the document, including problem statement, purpose statement, and research questions. You should make sure you use these checklists and follow margin instructions. This Dissertation Center guide is intended to provide additional help and examples, and explain the importance of alignment. Alignment indicates the degree to which the purpose of the study follows logically from the problem statement; and the degree to which the research questions help address the study’s purpose.  Alignment is important because it helps ensure that the research study is well-designed and based on logical arguments.


Ellis, T., & Levy, Y. (2008). Framework of problem-based research: A guide for novice researchers on the development of a research-worthy problem. Informing Science, 11, 17-33.  

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