The purpose statement in a dissertation is a clear and concise statement that explains the overall aim of the research. It is an essential part of any research project as it sets the direction and focus of the study. It’s typically included in the introduction of the dissertation, and it serves as a roadmap for the entire research process, helping to keep the research on track.
The purpose statement should be specific, clear, and concise, and it should align with the research problem and research questions. A well-written statement will help to guide the research and provide a clear understanding of the research aims to the reader.
The problem statement usually has a specific construction, such as “The purpose of this (approach; design) study is to (examine; explore) (the variables or concepts) in (sample and setting).” This construction helps to ensure that the purpose statement is clear and specific. Here’s an example of a purpose statement using the above formula: “The purpose of this quantitative correlational study is to examine the relationship between transformational leadership and emotional intelligence in middle managers in the northeastern United States.”
Verbs such as “examine” and “investigate” are more suited to quantitative research. While the verb “explore” is more suited to qualitative studies. Additionally, once your purpose is approved or set, whenever you mention it again in your study, it should remain the same. Your purpose does not change.
Finally, the purpose statement usually begins the purpose section of your Chapter 1. The purpose section may also include specific information about the variables, major concepts, or instruments used in the study. Overall, it’s a crucial element of any dissertation, as it sets the direction and focus of the research, as well as helps guide the entire research process.
• Is a clear and concise statement that explains the overall aim of the research.
• Usually has a specific construction.
• It helps to keep the focus of the research on track.
• Will help guide the research and provide a clear understanding of the research aims to the reader.
• Should align with the research problem and research question.
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