Chapter One Introduction to the Study The aims of research...

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Chapter One: Introduction to the Study The aims of research in this doctoral program are to examine a complex problem of practice , generate knowledge from data gathered at the research site, and provide context and strategies for introducing and evaluating systemic change to help resolve or clarify that problem of practice. Before you begin writing, please review your work in the research courses. After you review your work, begin this section with an introduction to your study and then follow the guidelines in the following paragraphs. The purpose of this (Phenomenological, Case, Narrative, Interpretative Phenomenological) study is to (understand, describe, develop, discover) the (central phenomenon of the study) for (the participants) at (the site). At this stage in the research, the (central phenomenon) will be generally defined as (a general definition of the central concept). Knowledge generated is expected to inform (aspect of higher education practice). Statement of the Problem Provide the context and background of your study. You will be using information from your first research course in this section. You should clearly and concisely identify your problem of practice you intend to study. You should include evidence from the literature that documents prior studies on your topic by providing a few key studies to situate your study in a broader context. You should identity the context in which you will be conducting your research and state the audiences that will benefit from your study. Significance of the Research
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The rationale for this study is the researcher’s interest in expanding research on [x, y, or z] to address/clarify/resolve [the Problem of Practice]. In this section, discuss why your problem is important at the local, state, and global level as well as individual, group, and societal implications, as applicable to your problem of practice. This section should also address why the literature demonstrates that action or resolution of this problem may create change in your context. Think through why this research problem is significant and how your work may be impactful towards change. Research Problem and Research Question(s) Clearly delineate the research problem [the issue that narrows your research topic], include the purpose of the study [The purpose of this study is to (investigate/explore/understand phenomenon)], then identify the research question(s) that the study will seek to answer: Definition of Key Terminology (Include all terms that are essential to understanding your doctoral thesis. Also, include any acronyms.) Term 1. Definition Term 2. Definition ? Theoretical Framework Discuss the theoretical framework and provide traceable connections between this lens/perspective and your research strategy. The opening paragraph identifies the theory and connects it to your research area and planned research approach. After a full exposition, set up three level-two subsections and let the reader know how your theory is critiqued by other theorists; why, based on the material presented, you are using this framework; and then describe
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how this theory applies to your study. Appropriate scope and depth is usually achieved through
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  • Fall '08
  • Julier,L
  • Qualitative Research

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