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Best Practices for Devising a Research Purpose Statement and Questions

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how Research Purpose Statements and Research Questions can be improved using suggestions provided by Creswell (2008), Aveyard (2007), and others. Synthesizing the many sections of a dissertation by novice researchers requires the ability to identify a research problem. Learning “how to properly construct and develop logical argumentation for a problem statement” (Ellis and Levy, 2008, p. 19) provides the doctoral student with additional skills over time.

Background of Nardone’s Dissertation

Nardone (2009) submitted a dissertation entitled “Reputation in America’s graduate schools of education: A study of the perceptions and influences of graduate school of education deans and school superintendents regarding U.S. News & World Report’s Ranking of “Top Education Programs”. The purpose of the study was to “explore the perceptions and influences of the respondents to the U.S. News and World Report’s…

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