Significance of a Dissertation Topic Walden University has developed numerous documents to guide you through the dissertation process. Last week you took the first step
Significance of a Dissertation Topic
Walden University has developed numerous documents to guide you through the dissertation process. Last week you took the first step in developing your Premise by posting a topic and problem statement for peer review. In this Discussion, you further examine your topic and problem statement in light of Walden’s Quality Indicators.
Reflect on the dissertation topic and problem statement you posted in the Week 1 Discussion—and perhaps have since revised based on peer or Instructor feedback. Using the Dissertation Topics Guide for your degree (see Week 1 Learning Resources) be certain that your dissertation topic aligns with your degree. Then, review the Dissertation Prospectus Guide found on the “Office of Student Research Administration: Ph.D. Dissertation Program” webpage in this week’s Learning Resources, focusing on the Quality Indicators. Finally, evaluate your topic and problem statement through the lens of Indicators 2 and 3.
Indicator 2 asks: is your selected problem meaningful, i.e. has gap in the research literature been identified to demonstrate that this is a meaningful problem to investigate?
Indicator 3 asks: is your selected problem significant, i.e. is this problem important to the discipline and/or your professional field. Also, is it an authentic “puzzle” that needs solving, and not merely a topic that the researcher finds interesting?
Post your evaluation of the significance of your research topic and problem statement ( EFFECT OF OBESITY ON BREAST CANCER) with regard to Quality Indicators 2 and 3.
Explain whether your topic and problem statement meet those Indicators and why. If your topic and problem statement do not meet Quality Indicators 2 and 3, explain how you could modify them so that the Indicators might be met.
QUALITY (2) Meaningful?
Has a meaningful problem or gap in the research literature been identified? In other words,
is addressing this problem the logical next step, given the previous exploratory and
confirmatory research (or lack thereof) on this topic? It is not acceptable to simply replicate
previous research for a PhD degree.
QUALITY (3). Justified?
Is evidence presented that this problem is significant to the discipline and/or professional
field? The prospectus should provide relevant statistics and evidence, documentable
discrepancies, and other scholarly facts that point to the significance and urgency of the
problem. The problem must be an authentic “puzzle” that needs solving, not merely a topic
that the researcher finds interesting.
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