Discussion: problem statement, purpose, and background 8115

 TOPIC:  Factors related to African American males being targets of police brutality at disproportionate rates 

A proposed study with a clearly defined purpose is more likely to benefit from a more focused research problem, and a firmer research plan and design. The purpose statement defines whether the study will be of value: What information is needed? How likely is this information to influence decisions? How important and timely is the study? What is at stake (O’Sullivan, Rassel, & Berner, 2008)? Filling in the blanks in a simple sentence in the template below will help you to focus your purpose statement.

Use this template to complete the Purpose section of your Prospectus:

The purpose of this _____ (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-design) study is to (understand, describe, develop, discover) the _____ (central focus for the study) for ______ (the unit of analysis, person, processes, groups, site).

Use the Prospectus Guidebook as your guide, and the Historical Alignment Tool (HAT) matrix as a guide for your planned research focus. The purpose of the HAT is to support the creation of your dissertation Prospectus by documenting both the developmental evolution of and the alignment among the problem statement purpose, potential significance, research question, theoretical framework, research design and methodology (“method of inquiry”), data collection and analysis method, and implications for positive social change. Every decision that you make regarding one of the components of your Prospectus should be thoughtful and deliberate in order to ensure that it aligns with the components that both precede and follow it. To do this well often takes a number of iterations as you research, gather, digest, and analyze new information about your research topic.

Use of the HAT will provide iterative documentation of your rationale for making key research design and methodology decisions. The HAT should be updated after each Ph.D. residency and at the end of every quarter, to (a) validate your choices, or (b) explain how new knowledge or thoughts have informed changes in your dissertation research design and methodology.

To prepare for this Discussion, review the Dissertation resources in this week’s Learning Resources. In addition, review the Walden’s Doctoral Capstone Resources located in this Week’s Resources, paying special attention to Learning to Accept Feedback. You have already received feedback during your first few weeks and it is important for you to know you will constantly receive feedback throughout the entire process. This at times can be overwhelming and frustrating. It is important you use these resources and all the resources on Walden’s Doctoral Capstone Resources. The better you understand what expectations are of you, the more successful you will be in this process and finishing the end goal of your Dissertation.


 Post your research problem statement, and following the research problem statement, include both the purpose statement and background sections of your prospectus in the same post. You may attach a Microsoft Word document that includes the problem, purpose statement, and background sections of your prospectus if you wish, but the full text of the document needs to be included in your initial post to this discussion. Please keep in mind that your instructor may require a Word document attachment for purposes of evaluation, feedback, and grading


Required Readings


Rudestam, K. E., & Newton, R. R. (2015). Surviving your dissertation: A comprehensive guide to content and process (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. ISBN: 978-1-4522-6097-6
Chapter 4, “Literature Review and Statement of the Problem” (pp. 69-97)
Chapter 9, “Overcoming Barriers: Becoming an Expert While Controlling Your Own Destiny,” (pp. 241-258)
Chapter 10, “Writing” (pp. 259-279)

Walden University, Center for Research Quality. (n.d.-f). Research resources and tutorials. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/researchcenter/resources/planning
Historical Alignment Tool (HAT)


istorical Alignment Tool.”

Walden University, Center for Research Quality. (2012). Ph.D. dissertation process and documents. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/researchcenter/osra/phd
Dissertation Guidebook
Dissertation Premise Guide
Dissertation Prospectus Guide
Dissertation Prospectus Rubric
Dissertation Student Process Worksheet

Walden University, Doctoral Capstone Resources. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/doctoralcapstoneresources

Simon, M. K. (2011d). Writing a purpose statement. In Dissertation and scholarly research: Recipes for success (pp. 1–3). Lexington, KY: Dissertation Success. Retrieved from http://dissertationrecipes.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Writing-a-Purpose-Statement.pdf

Walden University, Student Publications. (2014). Welcome to the catalog, student handbook, and university guidebooks. Retrieved from http://catalog.waldenu.edu/

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