A 5-7 page paper details as follows:
1. Create a Theoretical or Conceptual Framework
â˜ Identify the guiding framework. Present the key concepts, briefly explain how they are related, and present the propositions relevant to this study.
â˜ Explain how the framework guides the research decisions, including the development of the problem statement, purpose statement, and research questions.
â˜ If more than one framework is guiding the study, integrate them, rather than describing them independently. Do not select a separate framework for each variable/construct under examination.
â˜ Do not exceed two pages. A more thorough discussion of the theoretical/conceptual framework will be included in later papers
2. Create an Abstract :
â˜ Briefly introduce the study topic from the sample paper, state the research problem, and describe who or what is impacted by this problem.
â˜ Clearly articulate the study purpose and guiding theoretical or conceptual framework of the study.
â˜ Provide details about the research methodology, participants, questions, design, procedures, and analysis.
â˜ Clearly present the results in relation to the research questions given there is a significance.
â˜ State the conclusions to include both the potential implications of the results on and the recommendations for future research and practice.
â˜ Do not include citations and abbreviations or acronyms, except those noted as exceptions by the American Psychological Association (APA).
â˜ Do not exceed 350 words. Strive for one page.
3. Create a Nature of the Study
â˜ Provide a brief discussion of the methodology and design stated in the sample paper to include a description of the data collection procedure and analysis. Do not include specific details regarding why the methodology and design were selected over others. More detailed information will be included in later papers
â˜ Cite the seminal works related to the selected methodology and design. Avoid references to general textbooks such as those by Creswell and Trochim.
â˜ Indicate why the selected research methodology and design are the best choices for the study by explaining how they align with the problem and purpose statements as well as the research questions. Do not simply list and describe various research methodologies and designs.
â˜ Devote approximately one to two pages to this section.
4. Create a Significance of the Study
â˜ Describe why the study is important and how it can contribute to the field of study.
â˜ Explain how the results advance the guiding framework and contribute to the literature.
â˜ Describe the benefits of addressing the study problem, achieving the study purpose, and answering the research questions. Whereas the problem statement should articulate the negative consequences of not conducting the study, this section should highlight the positive consequences of completing the study.
â˜ Do not exceed one page.
5. Definitions of Key Terms
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â˜ Alphabetize and bold terms directly related to the dissertation topic and not commonly used or understood.
â˜ Paraphrase the definitions of the terms using complete sentences and provide a citation for each one.
â˜ Do not define theories, conceptual frameworks, statistical analyses, methodological terms, or the variables/constructs under examination.