Research questions and variables of interest/constructs

Submit by Day 7 the following:

  • Your revised Problem Statement, Background, Significance, and Framework sections of the prospectus (based on feedback you have received to date).
  • Then complete the Research Question and Nature of the Study sections of your prospectus.  

Refer to the instructions in the Dissertation Prospectus document (p. 3) as well as quality indicators on pages 6-7.

Note: In the Nature of the Study section, please be sure to include the following

  1. A statement of whether your study is quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods and justification for selection based on the purpose of your study.
  2. For quantitative studies, specify your independent and dependent variables as well as covariates, control variables, or mediating and moderating variables (if applicable). For qualitative studies, identify and define the key constructs or phenomena you will be measuring.
  3. Based on your review of the literature, indicate how you might measure your variables, constructs, and/or phenomena of interest and provide a rationale for why you selected the specific methods you did. In your rationale, be sure to include a discussion of instruments or methods others have used in their research.
  4. American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychologicalassociation (6th ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
    • Chapter 5, “Displaying Results” (pp 125–168)
  5. Creswell, J. W. (2014). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
    • Chapter 7, “Research Questions and Hypotheses,” (pp. 139–153)
    • Chapter 8, “Quantitative Methods,” (pp. 155–182)
    • Chapter 9, “Qualitative Procedures,” (pp. 183–213)
    • Chapter 10, “Mixed Methods Procedures,” (pp. 215–240)
  6. Trochim, W. M. (2006). Research methods knowledge base. Retrieved from