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Wise GradQUALITATIVE DISSERTATION OUTLINE

Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Background of the Problem
  • Statement of the Problem
  • Purpose of the Study
  • Research Questions
  • Importance of the Study
  • Scope of the Study
  • Definition of Terms
  • Delimitations and Limitations

Chapter 2: Review of the Literature (often reviewed after rather than before data collection in qualitative studies)

Chapter 3: Research Methods

  • The Qualitative Paradigm
  • Qualitative Methods
  • The Researcher's Role
  • Data Sources
  • Data Collection
  • Data Analysis
  • Verification
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Plan for Narrative OR Pilot Study Results

Chapter 4: Research Findings

Chapter 5: Conclusions, Discussion, and Suggestions for Future Research

  • Summary
  • Conclusions
  • Discussion
  • Suggestions for Future Research
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