Theoretical Foundation – Research Study

Theoretical Foundation

To begin with the Theoretical Foundation section of a research study is often one of the most challenging components to create. It is informed by the historical context as described in the Background to the Problem section. In this assignment, you will connect the Background to the Problem with theories, models, and concepts to develop the Theoretical Foundation for your research study. General Requirements: Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment.  Refer to the Background to the Problem that you submit as your response to the first discussion question in Topic 5. Instructors will be using a grading rubric to grade the assignments. We recommend that learners review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment in order to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

We require doctoral learners to use APA style for their writing assignments. Consequently the APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success Center. Refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for specific guidelines related to doctoral level writing. The Manual contains essential information on manuscript structure and content, clear and concise writing, and academic grammar and usage. We require students  to submit this assignment to Lopes Write. Refer to the Lopes Write Technical Support articles for assistance. Directions: Locate the Background to the Problem that you submit as your response to the first discussion question in Topic 5. Write a draft (750-1,000 words) of the Theoretical Foundation. In addition a theory, model, law, or concept underpinning the study) for your research study.

Additional Instructions

The draft should include the following: The study’s problem statement resulting from the defined need or gap. Consequently this can be taken from the Background to the Problem section that you drafted earlier. A definition and description of each of the theories, models, laws, or concepts that will be the basis for the Theoretical Foundation of the study. Support these ideas with seminal sources. The phenomena and research questions (qualitative studies) or the variables and hypotheses (quantitative studies) for the study. Finally a discussion of how the theory, model, law, or concept undergirds and connects to the research study.

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