Since beginning the doctoral program, you have been working to identify and refine a problem space for your dissertation. In this assignment, you will use prior feedback received from instructors and peers as well as additional readings from the literature to revise your problem space, identify variables (quantitative) or a phenomenon (qualitative) from the problem space, and present a problem statement defining the scope and context of your potential research topic.
Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment:
Refer to the “Problem Space Identification and Reflection” worksheet you submitted in RES-831 and any related instructor or peer feedback you received.
This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. Refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for specific guidelines related to doctoral-level writing. The manual contains essential information on manuscript structure and content, clear and concise writing, and academic grammar and usage.
This assignment requires the inclusion of at least two scholarly research sources related to this topic and at least one in-text citation from each source.
You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.
Write a paper (1,000-1,250 words) in which you use prior feedback received from instructors and peers as well as additional readings from the literature to revise your problem space, identify variables (quantitative) or a phenomenon (qualitative) from the problem space, and present a problem statement defining the scope and context of your potential research topic. Do the following in your paper:
Articulate how recent studies (within the past five years) illustrate the existence of the problem and the need for additional research.
Clearly articulate the problem framing your study. What is the size and scope of the problem?
Present a strong argument for the significance and relevance of your potential study in addressing the problem. Consider how your potential study may contribute to existing empirical literature and/or inform practice.
Identify and define the variables (quantitative) or phenomenon (qualitative) that have emerged from your problem space. How are the variables or phenomenon supported via your problem space?
Provide and defend a concise and focused problem statement. How does the problem statement address your problem space? How are your variables or phenomenon represented in the problem statement?
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