Incorporating the Theoretical Framework

Assignment 2: Incorporating the Theoretical Framework
The theoretical perspective (sometimes referred to as the theoretical framework or foundation)
can be located in the discipline-based literature. The theory is typically identified once the
student has identified the problem statement and reviews the discipline-based literature for the
background and significance of the problem. After examining recent studies that have addressed
the problem, one overarching theory should be identified.
Based on the problem statement from Assignment 1, the student will identify a theoretical
perspective that could provide the framework or anchor the study. Part 1: The student will review
three outstanding dissertations. For each dissertation the student will (a) identify the theoretical
framework, and (b) discuss how the framework appropriately supports the research problem. Part
II: After reviewing journal articles on their topic, the student will (a) identify a theoretical
framework that can be used to support their research problem, (b) review three empirical studies
that have employed the chosen framework, and (c) discuss how this framework aligns with the
research problem in each of the chosen studies.
Use the following script for Part II (a) above:
The problem of ___ (problem) is grounded in the ___ (theory and name). This theory was
originally developed by ___ (name and year) and was primarily used to study ___ (identify
topics where this theory was applied including sources). The theory of ___ (theory name)
indicates that ___ (discuss premise and propositions of theory in several sentences).
The paper should be approximately 3-5 pages in length and adhere to APA style. Please see the
next page for the grading rubric. Assignment 2: Identifying the Theoretical Framework (15 points)
Grading Rubric
Element Met Partially Met Not Met (3 points) The student correctly
identified the theoretical
framework from the three
dissertations, which were
appropriate. The student identified
the theoretical
framework from at least
two dissertations. The student did not
correctly identify the
theoretical framework
or there were less than 2
dissertations reviewed. Discussion of
Theoretical
Framework for
Dissertations
(3 points) An appropriate discussion
of how the framework
supports the research
problem for each of the
three dissertations is
included. A sufficient discussion
for how the framework
supports the research
problem for at least two
dissertations is included. The student failed to
include a discussion of
how the framework
supports the research
problem, the discussion
was not appropriate, or
less than two
dissertations were
included. Theoretical
Framework An appropriate theoretical
or conceptual framework
is included and discussed
clearly. An appropriate
theoretical or
conceptual framework
seems to be provided;
however, there are
important gaps or
ambiguity concerning
some elements of the
theoretical framework. A theoretical or
conceptual framework
is not included or is not
interpretable. An appropriate discussion
of how the framework
supports the research
problem for each of the
three research articles is
included. A sufficient discussion
for how the framework
supports the research
problem for at least
research articles is
included. The student failed to
include a discussion of
how the framework
supports the research
problem, the discussion
was not appropriate, or
less than two research
articles were included. Citations are included and
written in correct APA
style. Citations are included.
There are some minor
APA style errors. Citations are not
included and/or there
are numerous APA style
errors. Dissertations (4 points) Review of
Empirical Studies
(4 points) APA Style
(1 points)

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