W G Campbell Form And Style In Thesis Writing
Edition) developed a very helpful outline of a typical proposal that can be used as a guide for both the proposal and the first three chapters of the final report. Rossman - This material was adapted freely from Chapter five of: Rossman, M. Sharan Merriam and Edwin Simpson in A Guide to Research for Teachers and Trainers of Adults (2nd. Negotiating Graduate School: A Guide for Graduate Students. About eighty-five percent of the dissertations I have seen use the five chapter format as follows: Chapter One - The Problem Chapter Two - The Literature Review Chapter Three - Methodology Chapter Four - Presentation and Analysis of the Data Chapter Five - Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations.The outline is produced here: Introduction to the Study Background of the problem Statement of the problem (what is the problem, the area of concern?
After thinking about this topic, talking about it with friends, colleagues, family, and faculty, you decide that you want to know if the needs of the child care program in your company (the XYZ company) are adequate, assess the effectiveness of the program and see if perceptions of labor and management regarding the needs and program effectiveness are different.
This can usually be done in about 10-12 double spaced pages.
The "introduction" and "background" sections provide the reader with an overview of the topic or problem.
It should end with a completion of the following sentence: Therefore, the topic (or problem) to which this study is directed is . The last sentence in the "statement of the problem" section should provide the reader with a clear and unambiguous statement regarding the nature of the problem or topic you propose to study.
Continuing with our child care example, once you have provided introductory and general background information, the "statement of the problem" section should provide a very brief summary and might end with this sentence: Therefore, the topic of this study is to determine and compare perceptions of the needs and the effectiveness of the child care program at XYZ corporation as determined by labor and management of the XYZ corporation.