problem & purpose statement

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A Mixed-Method Study of Socioeconomic factors that influence
Post-Secondary plans of Urban African Americans High School Students:

Part 1

this assignment, create a problem statement. Your problem must come
from a critical issue that must be addressed, otherwise negative
consequences will occur or continue. In most cases, scholarly citations
within the past 5 years are required to support the problem you will

Articulate a concise problem statement. Include
appropriate published or relevant primary sources to document the
existence of a problem worthy of doctoral level research. Follow these

  1. Present the general issue grounded in the research literature that leads to the need for the study.
  2. Identify
    the specific problem you wish to address. The documented problem may be
    a practical problem or issue in the profession or study context without
    an acceptable solution.
  3. In defining the problem, a clear
    discrepancy must be drawn between what exists currently and what is
    desired. Although an applied study design does not necessarily require
    generalizability beyond the study site, worthy problems must be relevant
    and documented beyond any particular study site.
  4. To identify
    and articulate a problem, consider the potential negative consequences
    to the field or stakeholders if the proposed research is never

Length: Approximately 1 page, not including title and reference pages- references no older than 5 years old.

Part 2:

assignment is to create a purpose of the study by indicating the
intent, goal, and rationale for researching the problem addressed. The
purpose statement should begin with “The purpose of this (quantitative,
qualitative, mixed) study is to…” Use the following list to create the
purpose statement:

  1. Study method
  2. Study design
  3. Constructs/variables
  4. Target population
  5. Research setting
  6. Sampling frame
  7. Sampling method
  8. Sample size (Justified by scholarly sources and a power analysis for quantitative studies)
  9. Data collection method (including instrumentation)
  10. Data analysis method
  11. Software to be used for analysis
  12. Closing statement as to how the study results may inform educational practice

Length: Approximately 1 page, not including title and reference pages- references no older than 5 years old.

purpose be directly aligned with the problem statement. Your purpose
statement should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.

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