A List Maker's Life: Problem Statement

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Problem Statement

Chapter One: Project Proposal
Part One: Problem Statement
An adult female student from the Meyering household is struggling to put together a problem statement for her thesis project, seemingly due to a lack of instruction, guidance, expereince and guidelines, which in turn is causing undue frustration and stress as the deadline looms.

Okay! So I thought I had a bit of a start with this project business as I already had an idea and several research articles chosen. However, the first piece of the project is due on Monday evening (our first class) and I am not prepared. I guess that typically students write their problem statements in ED660 which is supposed to be taken the semester before graduation. I foolishly took 660 toward the beginning of my program (over 5 years ago) and started a thesis statement instead of a project. So, I sit here now searching for divine inspiration and guidance to get this thing rolling...uh, no really I am stalling...

What is my problem?
What isn't my problem?
Am I stating it clearly?
Where will I find more empirical research?
How many summer hours will be spent at the library?
Is the problem statement 2-4 sentences or 2-5 paragraphs long? (Yes, this is the difference in expectations from one professor to another in the SAME department!)
Where will I find more empirical research?
How many summer hours will be spent at the library?
Will it be worth it? ( I am sure it will be...)

Blah! Blah! It really is my problem and not yours. Sorry for whining!!!

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