Wk 3 – Problem Statement [due Mon]
All dissertations begin with a problem that justifies the need for the study. Without a clear and compelling problem, the study will add little importance or value to an academic discipline or profession. The problem statement is a critically important component of the dissertation. The problem statement explains the reason for your study and substantiates the importance of the research.
This assignment has two parts. Complete Parts 1 and 2 below.
Part 1: Background of the Problem
Locate 2 or 3 peer-reviewed scholarly articles (published within the last 5 years) from the University Library that address your proposed problem.
Write a 700- to 1,050-word introduction to the problem in which you:
Provide a description and background of the identified problem.
Use the scholarly articles to support the existence of the problem. Be sure to use a scholarly voice.
Part 2: Problem Statement
View the Dissertation Series Tutorial – Problem Formulation.
Review the Problem Statement Worksheet from this week’s Discussion 2 and then review the two sample problems below:
SAMPLE PROBLEM 1: The problem is husbands caring for wives with breast cancer have a demanding caretaking schedule, resulting in failure to practice personal self-care (LeSeure & Chongkham-ang, 2015).
SAMPLE PROBLEM 2: The problem is despite extreme workplace stress, police officers lack stress management skills, resulting in diminished health, family life, and work performance (Toers-Bijins, 2012).
Based on the materials and the peer-review from DQ2, write a 1-sentence original problem statement for a prospective study you might conduct using the format below:
The problem is _____(state the problem), resulting in ______(state the consequence).
Include a citation to support the problem and provide a reference.
Place the background of your problem and your problem statement under the Problem Statement section of the provided Research Outline Template. The template is formatted according to APA guidelines.
Note: Beginning this week, you will be using the attached Research Outline Template for your assignments with the expectation that weekly revisions are incorporated from your instructor’s feedback.
State your program of study (e.g., DBA, DHA, DM, EDD) in the first section of the Research Outline Template.
Place the background of your problem and your problem statement in the Problem Statement section of the Research Outline Template. The template is formatted according to APA guidelines.
Format in-text citations and references according to APA guidelines.
Use the APA Tutorials located in Doctoral Writing Resources and format your paper according to APA guidelines.
For a well-structured scholarly paragraph please refer to the MEAL Plan document in Appendix H of the Research Outline Template.
Reminder: Before submitting your assignment, proofread for grammar and sentence structure, re-read the assignment directions, and refer to the grading rubric to ensure each element of the assignment has been addressed.
Submit your Research Outline Template.
Note: You will continue to narrow the focus of the problem as you continue reading relevant literature.
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