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Thesis Writing Guidelines
CHAPTER 1 THE PROBLEM OR NEED FOR THE STUDY Introduction - this is a general introduction to the topical area. It is a general, broad statement that provides an overview of the area involving your study. Guiding questions for this area are: • • • • • • Why is this an important area? What has been the historical development of the topic? Are there different points of view about the topic? Have there been significant investigations, studies, or reports concerning the topical area? What is the current status of the area of your interest? What are the major outstanding concerns in the general area?

Statement of the Problem - since the introduction has given a broad, general background to the study, this should be very specific in nature. The statement of the problem might begin with the words, "The problem of the study is...." or "This study will address the problem of..." Guiding questions for this area are: • • • Does the problem pose significance for education? Will the problem present data that explains previously unexplained facts? Will the problem serve as a point of departure for the study?

Purpose of the Study - this section provides you with an opportunity to tell the reader the overall purpose of your study. For a thesis, include research questions to be answered and/or hypotheses. Guiding questions are: • • • • • • • • Is the question directly related to the review of the literature? Does the question help clarify the problem statement? Does the question project a bias? Is it possible to misinterpret the question? Is the objective specific and clearly stated? Is the objective directly related to the review of the literature? Is each hypothesis clearly stated? Are the hypotheses testable?

Limitations - these are constraints to the study that are beyond your control but that may influence the data. Limitations may emerge at…...

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