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.
Dissertation Center. (2021). Research Questions: Common Research Question Mistakes and How to Avoid Them This document, located in the Dissertation Center, will help you to avoid common mistakes in developing your research questions.
Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation
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.
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 purpose and research questions in Chapter 1 and how the researcher set these components up to align with the research problem.
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.
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.
Dissertation Center. (2021). Chapter 1: Purpose Statement Overview. This resource, located in the Dissertation Center, supports the development of the purpose statement for your proposed doctoral project.