Formalizing The Research Prospectus
Formalizing The Research Prospectus
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Factors Affecting Utilization of Mental Health in Fort-Bend County, Texas
The prospectus, proposal, and dissertation must all be aligned to ensure the research is doable, valuable, and credible. The prospectus provides a concise vision for the dissertation research study. The ability to create a clear, concise prospectus is part of the process in the creation of a viable doctoral dissertation. In this assignment, you will identify the components of a prospectus in a published dissertation. Formalizing The Research Prospectus
Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment:
· Review the dissertation by Wigton in the course materials for this topic. ATTACHED
· Locate and download “Prospectus Extraction Template.” ATTACHED
· This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
· APA style is required for this assignment.
Complete the “Prospectus Extraction Template” by extracting the components of the prospectus from the Wigton dissertation. Be sure to adhere to length requirements as expressed in the template.
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Formalizing The Research Prospectus
|IntroductionThis section briefly overviews the research focus or problem, why the study is worth conducting, and how the study will be completed.The recommended total length for this section is one paragraph.
|· Identify the dissertation topic.
|· State whether the study is quantitative or qualitative.
|· Describe how the study extends prior research or fills a “need” or “defined gap” from current literature.
|Background of the ProblemThe background section explains both the history and the present state of the problem and research focus.The recommended total length for this section is two to three paragraphs.
|· Identify the “need,” or “defined gap” for the research study.
|· Discuss how the “need” or “defined gap” has evolved historically into the current problem or opportunity to be addressed by the proposed study.
|Theoretical FoundationsThis section identifies the theory(-ies) or model(s) that provide the foundation for the research. This section should present the theory(-ies) or models(s) and explain how the problem under investigation relates to the theory(-ies) or model(s). The theory(-ies) or models(s) guide the research questions and justify what is being measured (variables) as well as how those variables are related (quantitative) or the phenomena being investigated (qualitative).The recommended total length for this section is one paragraph.
|· Identify the theory(-ies), model(s) relevant to the variables (quantitative study) or phenomenon (qualitative study).Note: quantitative studies should have a theory for each variable.
|· Describe how the theories relate to the research problem.
|Review of the LiteratureThis section provides a broad, balanced overview of the existing literature related to the proposed research topic. It describes the literature in related topic areas and its relevance to the proposed research topic findings. It provides a short one-two sentence description of each theme/topic, and it identifies the relevance of the literature to the research topic supporting it with at least one citation from the literature. Formalizing The Research ProspectusThe recommended total length for this section is one to two paragraphs.
|· List the major themes or topics related to the study.
|· Provide a short description of each theme/topic.
|· Identify the relevance of each theme to the research topic supporting each with at least one citation.
|Problem StatementThis section includes the problem statement, the population affected, and how the study will contribute to solving the problem.The recommended total length for this section is one paragraph.
|· Copy and paste the problem statement from the dissertation.
|· After reading this section, describe the magnitude and importance of the problem, supporting it with citations from the dissertation.
|Research Question(s) and/or HypothesesThis section narrows the focus of the study and specifies the research questions to address the problem statement. Based on the research questions, it describes the variables or groups and their hypothesized relationship (for a quantitative study) or the phenomena under investigation (for a qualitative study).The recommended total length for this section is two to three paragraphs.
|· Copy and paste the research questions and from the dissertation.
|· For a qualitative study, describe the phenomenon to be studied. For a quantitative study, identify the hypotheses and variables.
|Significance of the StudyThis section identifies and describes the significance of the study and the implications of the potential results based on the research questions and the problem statement, hypotheses, or investigated phenomena. It describes how the research fits within and will contribute to the current literature or body of research. It describes potential practical applications from the research.The recommended total length for this section is one paragraph.
|· Describe how the proposed research will contribute to the literature, relating it specifically to other studies from the Background of the Problem and Problem Statement, above.
|· Describe how the proposed research will contribute to the literature on the selected theory(-ies) or model(s) that comprise the Theoretical Foundation for the study.
|· Describe how addressing the problem will have practical value for the real world considering the population, community, and/or society.
|Rationale for MethodologyThis section clearly justifies the methodology the researcher plans to use for conducting the study. It argues how the methodological framework is the best approach to answer the research questions and address the problem statement. It uses citations from textbooks and articles on research methodology and/or articles on related studies.The recommend total length for this section is one paragraph.
|· Identify the methodology for the study (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed).
|· Justify the research methodology to be used for the study by discussing why it is the best approach for answering the research questions and addressing the problem statement.
|Purpose of the StudyThe purpose statement section provides a reflection of the problem statement and identifies how the study will be accomplished. It explains how the proposed study will contribute to the field.The recommend total length for this section is one paragraph.
|· Copy and paste the purpose statement from the dissertation.
|· Identify the target population, phenomena (qualitative), and variables (quantitative).
|Ethical ConsiderationsThis section discusses the potential ethical issues surrounding the research as well as how human subjects and data will be protected. It identifies how any potential ethical issues will be addressed.The recommended total length for this section is one paragraph.
|· Describe how the identities of the participants in the study and data will be protected.
|· Describe subject recruiting, informed consent, and site authorization processes.
|ReferencesInclude an APA-formatted reference for each citation presented above.