Using Analytical Thought Process to Develop Instructional Rubrics in Writing Doctoral Dissertation Research Problem Statement – A Follow-Up Study

Azad Ali, Shardul Pandya, UMESH C VARMA
International Journal of Doctoral Studies  •  Volume 17  •  2022  •  pp. 385-399
Aim/Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to develop instructional rubrics that help in writing and evaluating doctoral dissertation research problem statements.

Background: This is a follow up study. In the first paper (Ali & Pandya, 2021), we introduced a model for writing a research problems statement that takes the students through four phases to complete their writing. In this paper, we introduce an instructional rubric to be used for helping to writing the re-search problem statement.

Methodology: This paper builds on the previous model, adding to it Socratic questions to trigger critical thinking to help with writing of research problem statement.

Contribution: Developing the instructional rubrics is the contribution of this study. The instructional rubrics can help with the writing of a research problem statement.

Findings: Writing a research problem statement is difficult by itself. Following the methodological approach suggested in this study will help students with the task of writing their own. Following this instructional rubric will help more with the writing.

Recommendations for Practitioners: A methodological approach to writing a research problem statement is helpful in mitigating the difficulties of writing the dissertation. This study tackles the difficulties with writing the research problem statement.

Recommendations for Researchers: More research is needed to give examples of research problem statement that shows the writing of the statement through the suggested phases.

Impact on Society: The findings of this research will help doctoral mentors/advisors as they guide students in completing the writing of their research problem statement.
research problem statement, doctoral research problem, doctoral dissertations
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