A Qualitative Descriptive Study

Nature of the Study


☐ Provide a brief discussion of the methodology and design to include a description of the data collection procedure and analysis. Do not include specific details regarding why the methodology and design were selected over others.

☐ Cite the seminal works related to the selected methodology and design. Avoid references to general textbooks such as those by Creswell and Trochim.

☐ Indicate why the selected research methodology and design are the best choices for the study by explaining how they align with the problem and purpose statements as well as the research questions. Do not simply list and describe various research methodologies and designs.

☐ Devote approximately two pages to this section.

Significance of the Study


☐ Describe why the study is important and how it can contribute to the field of study.

☐ For applied studies, explain how the results might both be significant to leaders and practitioners in the field and contribute to the literature. For doctoral studies, explain how the results advance the guiding framework and contribute to the literature.

☐ Describe the benefits of addressing the study problem, achieving the study purpose, and answering the research questions. Whereas the problem statement should articulate the negative consequences of not conducting the study, this section should highlight the positive consequences of completing the study.

☐ Devote one page for the section.

Definitions of Key Terms       

(The Motivations and Routes for Career Progression in Project Management)


☐ Alphabetize and bold terms directly related to the dissertation topic and not commonly used or understood.

☐ Paraphrase the definitions of the terms using complete sentences and provide a citation for each one.

☐ Do not define theories, conceptual frameworks, statistical analyses, methodological terms, or the variables/constructs under examination.


A Qualitative Descriptive Study

Theoretical or Conceptual Framework


☐ Identify the guiding framework. Present the key concepts, briefly explain how they are related, and present the propositions relevant to this study.

☐ Explain how the framework guided the research decisions, including the development of the problem statement, purpose statement, and research questions.

☐ If more than one framework is guiding the study, integrate them, rather than describing them independently. Do not select a separate framework for each variable/construct under examination.

☐ Do not exceed two pages


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Purpose of the Study (1 page)

Use the following list to create the purpose statement: 

  1. Study method
  2. Study design
  3. Constructs/variables
  4. Target population
  5. Research setting
  6. Sampling frame
  7. Sampling method
  8. Sample size (Justified by scholarly sources and a power analysis for quantitative studies)
  9. Data collection method (including instrumentation)
  10. Data analysis method
  11. Software to be used for analysis
  12. Closing statement as to how the study results may inform educational theory


Method and Design of the Study 3 pages

  1. Note a specific method and design you plan to use in your research.
  2. Describe and substantiate the appropriateness of the method and design to respond to the stated problem, purpose, and research questions.
  3. Note how the proposed method and design accomplish the study goals, why the design is the optimum choice for the proposed research, and how the method aligns with the purpose and research questions. 
  4. Provide appropriate foundational research method support for the proposed study design.
  5. Explain the particular data gathering techniques and data analyses processes. Sample size of the study population should be identified and must be appropriate and justified based on the nature of the study design. Quantitative analyses must include justified sample size determination. 

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