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Citation Master Pages: Introduction


Chapter I: Introduction

  • Introduction
  • Background of the Problem
  • Statement of the Problem
  • Purpose of the Study
  • Research Questions
  • Significance of the Study
  • Definition of Terms
  • Assumptions, Limitations, and Delimitations
  • Conclusion

In Chapter 1, a compelling case should be made regarding the problem under investigation, the purpose of the study, and research questions to be investigated. Where applicable, the theoretical or conceptual framework upon which the dissertation is based should also be introduced.

Statement of the Problem. This section should focus on why the particular study is needed. It should not be too long, but long enough to tell what the study will contribute to theory or the problem under consideration.

Theoretical or Conceptual Framework. The proposal should include a brief yet substantive summary of the theory that under girds the study and briefly summarizes previously conducted studies most relevant to the topic under investigation. A conceptual framework provides a narrative and sometimes a visual structure depicting the logical connections among key elements of the theory, constructs, and/or phenomenon of interest.

Statement of the Purpose. A distinct, direct, short section that explicitly states what the study is about is often helpful. This section describes specifically what the study will attempt to discover or accomplish. With a clear statement of purpose, the study becomes focused, the under girding logic becomes evident, and the relationship between what is going to be studied and how the study will be conducted becomes clearer.

Research Questions. At this point, research questions are posed. They usually are succinct statements of the broad implications expected from the study. Depending upon the research paradigm guiding the study, hypotheses may be postulated.

Significance of the Study. The study must be justified with respect to established theory, previously conducted research, and the significance of the anticipated results to practitioners and scholars. This is a broad statement as to why the study is important.

Definition of Terms. You should define any technical terms necessary for the reader to understand; however, this usually does not include as much detail as the dissertation itself.