Bloomberg, L. D., & Volpe, M. (2019). Completing your qualitative dissertation: A road map from beginning to end (4th ed.). SAGE. Read Chapter 6 (“Introduction to Your Study”). This chapter provides an explanation of how to develop a research problem within the context of a topic of interest, and how to narrow and refine a research problem statement. Access the Redshelf book from your course, in the Getting Started module or from the Bookshelf link, on the top navigation bar.
Introduction to Educational Research
Mertler, C. A. (2019). Introduction to educational research (2nd ed.). SAGE. Read Chapter 3 (“Identifying a Research Problem”). This chapter addresses ways to identify and then articulate a research-worthy problem. Access the Redshelf book from your course, in the Getting Started module or from the Bookshelf link, on the top navigation bar.
Wentz, E. (2014). Problem statement. In How to design, write, and present a successful dissertation proposal (pp. 129-148). SAGE Publications, Ltd. In this chapter, the author presents guidance on how to draft a research problem statement using a spiral method to achieve focus.
Lowrence, S. (2017). Problem statement help [PDF document]. Northcentral University Center for Teaching & Learning. This resource offers guidance specifically to help you to construct a research problem.
Dissertation Center. (2021). Worksheets and Guides: Alignment of Problem, Purpose, and Research Questions. Located in the Dissertation Center, this handout offers a helpful guide to considerations for alignment between the problem, purpose, and research questions for a dissertation-in-practice.
Cassibba, J. (2021). The effect of difficulty orientation and self-efficacy on performance in STEM: A quantitative correlational study (Order No. 28720200). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Northcentral University. (2585939494). Review dissertation examples from NCU alumni. Specifically look at the research problem and associated problem statement in Chapter 1, and how the researcher set this up within the context of the broader topic.
This week as you are thinking about developing a research-worthy problem, review the first chapter of each dissertation to gain an idea of how each researcher defined a researchable and clearly focused research-worthy problem within the broader topic area. Here is an example.