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In previous weeks you spent time identifying a research problem and the purpose of your research. Now, you are asked to consider the theoretical or conceptual framework for your study. You may already have an idea of specific theories or concepts that relate to your topic. If so, you should begin thinking about what pieces, or aspects of the theories or concepts, relate the most to your topic and provide the basis for your study. If not, you should spend some time reviewing research articles that include one or more of the same variables you are using and identify the theoretical or conceptual frameworks those authors used. Doing so will give you an idea of how specific theories or concepts may be used as the basis for your study.
Review the Theoretical Framework information on the DHA Program Prospectus Support page located on the DHA Doctoral Study website. The DHA Program Prospectus Support page will provide a list of possible theoretical frameworks in the Framework section.
Ask yourself; Is the problem framed to enable the researcher to either build on or counter the previously published findings on the topic?
Revisit the Doctoral Study Minimum Standards Rubric available at the “Office of Student Research Administration: DHA Doctoral Study Program” webpage, provided in this week’s resources.
With this information in mind, as well as any additional research that will help inform your selection, determine the theoretical and/or conceptual framework that you intend to use. Devote the time to give serious thought to this task. This theory or framework will be the lens through which you view the entire research project.
Post a brief description of your Doctoral Study topic in a discussion post style forum. Explain at least one theory or conceptual framework and its relationship to your topic, including why you believe it would be the most appropriate framework to use. Make sure to note how the theory or conceptual framework aligns with your study variables. Support your response with citations from the research literature.
Attached is my current Doctoral study prospectus it includes my research topic.
Rudestam, K. E., & Newton, R. R. (2015). Surviving your dissertation: A comprehensive guide to content and process (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Chapter 3, “Methods of Inquiry: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches” (pp. 27–65)
Chapter 5, “The Method Chapter: Describing Your Research Plan” (pp. 99–135)