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TITLE OF STUDY

Doctoral Project

Presented to the Faculty

School of Behavioral Sciences

California Southern University

 

in partial fulfillment

of the requirements

for

the degree of

 

 

DOCTOR

OF

PSYCHOLOGY

 

by

Student Name

Date of Defense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© 2016

Your Name Here

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

 

ABSTRACT

This section is a comprehensive and yet brief summary of the doctoral candidate’s study. The abstract is limited to 250 words. This page is not written until chapters have been approved. Some students want to write this earlier but the content is to be a summary of the entire project and that is unknown until after all chapters have been approved. The abstract is not indented and is a single paragraph.

The APA (2010) manual, Section 2.04, provides four descriptions of this section: accurate, nonevaluative, coherent and readable, and concise. The abstract is the first section that is seen by a reader and thus must be carefully constructed. The items to include in this section are dependent upon the type of study. The following provides a synopsis of what is included. For a complete perspective, refer to the APA (2010) manual, Section 2.04, p. 26.

Provide the following:

· The problem in one sentence that is being investigated

· The participants with any specified characteristics

· Features of the study’s method that may be interesting and likely to be used as search words when someone is seeking a dissertation on your topic

· Basic findings that include any statistical findings

· Conclusions and implications for the field of psychology

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEGEMENTS P

ABSTRACT P

LIST OF TABLES P

LIST OF FIGURES P

CHAPTER ONE OVERVIEW OF THE STUDY P

Background of the Problem P

Statement of the Problem P

Purpose of the Study P

Theoretical Framework P

Significance of the Study P

Limitations and Delimitations P

Definitions and Key Terms P

Organization P

CHAPTER TWO LITERATURE REVIEW P

Provide Heading for First Theme P

Subheading-Level Two P

Subheading-Level Three P

Subheading-Level Two P

Subheading-Level Two P

Discussion for Section P

Theoretical Framework P

Summary P

CHAPTER THREE METHODOLOGY P

Research Method P

Participants P

Instruments P

Data Collection P

Data Analysis P

Summary P

CHAPTER FOUR RESULTS P

Participants P

Results Research Question One P

Results Research Question Two P

Results Research Question Three P

Summary P

CHAPTER FIVE DISCUSSION OF THE FINDING P

Discussion of Findings P

Implications for Professional Practice P

Recommendations for Research P

Conclusion P

REFERENCES P

APPENDIX A (if any and then list others below this one) P

 

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1: Table Name Here, Sentence Case Page Number Here

Table 2: Table Name Here, Sentence Case Page Number Here

Table 3: Table Name Here, Sentence Case Page Number Here

 

 

LIST OF FIGURES

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Figure 2: Figure Name Here, Sentence Case Page Number Here

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CHAPTER ONE

OVERVIEW OF THE STUDY

A primary purpose of this chapter is to set the study in perspective for the reader. The introduction acquaints the reader with the topic, problem, and the methodology used. The introduction provides an overview of the chapter.

Background of the Problem

Provides insights and perspectives for why the study should be conducted. Why is the problem of pressing societal concern or theoretical interest? Information to be included is historical and statistical information which supports the study.

Statement of the Problem

The statement of the problem describes the societal situation and establishes the parameters for the problem that the doctoral candidate will address. Using the current literature what is known and unknown is presented to establish the context of the study, which should be reflective of Chapter 2.

Purpose of the Study

The purpose of the study establishes how the study will be conducted and includes both the type of methodology and research questions. This section is a discussion of how keys elements of the study we be explored. The questions for research are posed using the format of a short question that reflects the focus of the study. Generally, a study consists of 3-5 research questions.

 

 

 

Theoretical Framework

Provide an introduction to the section. The candidate will identify the theory or theories or concepts that provide the foundation of the study. They provide the perspective or lens through which the project is examined.

Significance of the Study

The significance of the study addresses who will benefit from the study and how they will benefit. The doctoral candidate articulates specifically how the study will contribute to the existing theoretical literature and/or qualitative and quantitative findings within psychology.

Limitations and Delimitations of the Study

Limitations reflect possible weaknesses in the study. The candidate must address the limitations over which he or she has no control. For various reasons, limitations of the study may be determined by such factors as a convenience sample meaning using participants that are not randomly selected which limits the generalizability of the results. The candidate must address delimitations factors for the study. They serve to narrow the focus of the study to focus on specific criteria or to delimit to specific groups or locations.

Definitions and Key Terms

Definition-Provide the definition and source.

Term-Provide the description for the key term and source.

The definitions should be listed in alphabetical order using the format that follows.

Term: Definition follows… (Author, Year).

Organization

Provides an overview for the structure of the doctoral project.

 

CHAPTER TWO

LITERATURE REVIEW

The review of the literature reflects current research about the established focus of the study in Chapter One’s Statement of the Problem.

1. The introduction provides an overview of the chapter.

2. The candidate organizes the literature review according to topics, critically evaluates the literature, highlights important unanswered questions, identifies methodological problems with past studies as well as areas of controversy in the literature, and discusses the significance of past research in relationship to the current study. Additionally, the theoretical framework of the study is to be fully discussed. The literature review is not composed of summaries of articles rather this chapters contains the key points of the results and findings of the research discussed in the articles in a thematic type of literature review.

The literature review is comprised of current sources of which 85% are within the past 5 years. All sources must be credible such as peer-reviewed studies. Not included are any .com websites. Places to begin your search are the University’s online library, Google Scholar, and/or APA databases.

3. The summary for chapter two should reflect the relationships established from the review of the literature and articulate links to the theoretical framework.

 

 

 

 

The following provides a view of the sections included in Chapter 2.

Provide and introduction for literature review. This section does not have headings.

Provide Heading for First Theme

Discussion for first theme. Provide an introduction and present the pertinent results of the research associated with the theme. Provide a summary of the research presented.

Introduce any subheadings. What follows is a guide for the sub-headings. You must have two or more subheadings for each level used. A discussion within a subheading is generally three or more paragraphs.

Subheading-Level Two

Discussion for theme. Provide intent and present the research.

Subheading-level three. Discussion for theme. Provide intent and present the research.

Subheading-level three. Discussion for theme. Provide intent and present the research.

Subheading-Level Two

Discussion for theme. Provide intent and present the research.

Subheading-Level Two

Discussion for theme. Provide intent and present the research.

Discussion for Section

Draw conclusions based on what you have presented.

Note: Repeat Topic Presentation as needed for your study.

Theoretical Framework

Provide introduction. Highlights include the origins of the theory. The version of the theory you will use by specific author(s) and date(s). Describe the components of the theory. Relate the components to the critical areas of your study. Highlight research in the theory and how the theory has been used by others.

Summary

The summary for chapter two should reflect the relationships established from the review of the literature and articulate links to the theoretical framework.

 

CHAPTER THREE

METHODOLOGY

For a qualitative study or quantitative study, Chapter Three should include the following. An introduction which encompasses the re-statement of the problem and the research questions. For a quantitative study the hypotheses are also included. For a theoretical study, an introduction which encompasses the re-statement of the problem and the research questions.

Research Method

A statement of either qualitative or quantitative methodology should follow. Include a discussion of why your chosen methodology was the correct choice to answer the problem and research questions of the study. A discussion is provided of how the research design, whether phenomenological, narrative, case studies, correlational, descriptive, causal-comparative, or quasi-experimental, is the legitimate, appropriate research design as compared to other designs associated with the methodology chosen. Use peer-reviewed sources to ground your discussion.

Participants

The candidate will describe the location of the participants; discuss the criteria for selecting those participants (e.g., what characteristics do they possess that make them suitable for the area of investigation). Include the number of participants in the story and how the sample size was determined. Discuss the process by which the members of the sample were selected (such as random sampling, snowball) and include any important distinctions existing between the participants (e.g., gender or ethnicity).

 

 

 

Instrumentation

Provide a description of the instruments or protocols that were used surveys, interviews, observations, or artifacts. Include all instrumentation as an appendix. Describe in detail the instruments used in the study. Questions in created surveys should be directly related to the research questions.

Data Collection

The candidate will provide a concise but thorough description of the steps used to collect data from the participants. Describe any recruitment processes and/or communication; describe the informed consent process; and note the data collection schedule. If interviews were conducted indicate the length, the number, where conducted, and stipulate how they were recorded. For surveys, describe the procedures for how they were distributed and collected. If artifacts were used, describe the process by which the data was procured, selected, and utilized. For any other methods of data collection provide a complete description of all processes. Include all other procedures and processes needed in order to replicate the study.

For a theoretical study, provide the steps used in collection the research articles.

Data Analysis

The candidate describes the analysis of the data that was performed as well as the specific steps taken. It is important to reference a research methods book to detail this process. Researcher bias, validity, reliability and other research factors should be addressed as appropriate.

 

CHAPTER FOUR

RESULTS

Chapter Four is where the results from this project are articulated in response to the research questions.

An introduction of the chapter is provided which includes a brief overview of the focus of the study and the research questions. Next, describe the participants. The results will follow in response to the research questions. A brief interpretation or meaning without discussion is reported. Only the amount of explanation necessary to help the reader understand the basis for the outcomes of the results is included. Articulate how the results lead to a specific finding which will be discussed in chapter 5. The discussion of the research and implications is reserved for Chapter Five. The report of the results must be thorough enough for the reader to make an independent judgment about the research. Summarize the overall findings established from the results presented.

For qualitative studies, present themes. Subheadings are used for themes when more than one theme is associated with this research question.

For quantitative studies, present the results obtained in directly answering the research question.

The following provides an overview of what is included in this chapter.

Provide introduction for results. No heading is used for this portion.

 

 

 

 

Participants

Discussion of participants. Provide any details of the participants as long as the details relate specifically to the research questions.

Results Research Question One

Introduction provides the aim of the question.

For qualitative studies, present themes. Subheadings are used for themes when more than one theme is associated with this research question. Information under subheadings are 3 or more paragraphs.

For quantitative studies, present the results obtained in directly answering the research question.

Results Research Question Two

Introduction provides the aim of the question. Context for the range of possibilities. Assert themes or significant results.

Theme One

Discussions for subheadings are 3 or more paragraphs.

Theme Two

Discussions for subheadings are 3 or more paragraphs.

Discussion Research Question One

Articulate how the evidence presented supports or leads to a specific finding or findings. Describe any links to the applicable theory or framework.

Summary

 

In one or two paragraphs, provide a summary of the chapter.

 

CHAPTER FIVE

DISCUSSION

Chapter Five is where the discussion of the results from the study are presented. The discussion should align the results with the theoretical framework that was defined in Chapter One and pertinent literature discussed in Chapter Two. Begin with a brief overview of the study that includes the problem, purpose, research questions and brief description of the methodology.

Findings

Next, the candidate connects the results to the predominate studies identified in the literature review and provides explanations for the results. Although much of this creative emphasis will be revealed in how the results are correlated with the existing literature, the significance of the results beyond data analysis should be speculated. This chapter is where the voice of the author is heard in the discussion of the findings. This chapter is not a total repeat of the results. Provide a discussion regarding changes in the limitations or delimitations of the research at the end of this section.

Implications for Professional Practice

The candidate will present a discussion of the implications of the study for professional practice and scholarly work in the field of psychology. Included are any recommendations for changes in psychological concepts and knowledge or any recommended changes applied to clinical practice. All implications are to be linked explicitly to specific results from the candidate’s study.

 

 

 

Recommendations for Research

Additionally, the candidate will present suggested future research topics based on the study that could expand this field of knowledge or which will direct scholars to new areas for further exploration.

Conclusions

Finally, the candidate will summarize personal insights and any final reflections in conclusion of the study.

 

REFERENCES

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX A

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