Write your dissertation problem statement first...

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It's important that your research proposal be organized around a set of questions that will guide your research. When selecting these guiding questions try to write them so that they frame your research and put it into perspective with other research. These questions must serve to establish the link between your research and other research that has preceded you. Your research questions should clearly show the relationship of your research to your field of study. Don't be carried away at this point and make your questions too narrow. You must start with broad relational questions.

A good question:

Do adult learners in a rural adult education setting have characteristics that are similar to adult learners in general ?

A poor question:

What are the characteristics of rural adult learners in an adult education program? (too narrow)

A poor question:

How can the XYZ Agency better serve rural adult learners? (not generalizable)
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Does the dissertation deal with a significant and meaningful problem that lends itself to a substantial research effort?

Is the problem of interest to other scholars or practitioners in the field?

Has a persuasive case been made as to why the problem is worth solving?

Is it clear who or what will be aided by the research findings?

Will the findings provide a basis for generalized conclusions or have practical applicability?

Is the intention of the research expressed clearly?

Are the research questions stated concisely and explicitly in question form?

Are they precise, specific, and focused?

Do they flow logically from the problem?

Are the hypotheses, when applicable, well formulated and lucidly articulated?

Do they pose a relationship between or among measurable variables that is subject to testing?

Are the assumptions that frame the inquiry explicated fully?

Are the limitations of the study identified with recognition of their consequences?

Are discrepancies in the study dealt with positively and candidly?

Are technical terms well defined? Are the definitions clear-cut, unambiguous, and comprehensible?

Does the dissertation clearly address some aspect of social change?

What aspect has been addressed?
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