Problem Statement / Research Questions
The next section of the paper involves an expansion of the first paragraph on why your chosen dissertation issue is a problem, related to criminal justice. First, you should include a transition statement between the previous section to make the paper more readable. This section should be titled “Problem Statement.” At least four (4)
references (all peer-reviewed) should be included in this draft. This section should be
two (2) paragraphs long. At the conclusion of the problem statement, there should be a new section, titled “Research Question(s).” This section is short, but very important. The student will post his or her central research question(s), which the student will seek to answer in his or her dissertation. One question is satisfactory; however, you should
ask more than three (3) research questions as the scope of the dissertation will be too wide. You cannot write your question(s) without clearly defining what your problem statement is. The problem statement and the historical background will be investigated in detail in chapter 2 (below).