Sampling Strategy and Participant Characteristics
a)Your revised Problem Statement, Purpose Statement, Background, Significance, and Framework sections of the prospectus
b)The Research Question and Nature of the Study sections of your prospectus.
Refer to the instructions in the Dissertation Prospectus document (pp. 3-4) as well as quality indicators on pages 16-17.
Note: In the Nature of the Study section, please be sure to include the following
- A statement of whether your study is quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods and justification for selection based on the purpose of your study.
- 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.
- 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.
Possible Types and Sources of Data and Possible Analytical Strategies
- Your revised Problem Statement, Purpose Statement, Background, Significance, Framework, Research Questions, and Nature of the Study sections of the prospectus
- The Possible Types and Sources of Data and Possible Analytic Strategies sections of the prospectus.
Refer to the instructions in the Dissertation Prospectus document (pp. 3-5) as well as quality indicators on pages 16-17.
Note: For the Possible Types and Sources of Data section, indicate the sources of your data (i.e., whether you will use primary or secondary sources; from whom or where you will collect your data; and how you will operationalize your variables. For the Possible Analytic Strategies section, indicate how you plan analyze your data. If you proposed a quantitative design, restate your alternative (scientific) hypotheses and indicate what type of analyses you would use to test each of the hypotheses. If you proposed a qualitative design, explain the specific method of inquiry you will use and how you will interpret the data you collect. If you proposed a mixed-methods design, indicate how the two methods will work together.