8110 Dis 3 For this Discussion, you will evaluate the use of literature and problem statements in assigned journal articles in your discipline to understan

8110 Dis 3 For this Discussion, you will evaluate the use of literature and problem statements in assigned journal articles in your discipline to understand what it means for a research study to be justified, grounded, and original. You will use the Use of Literature Checklist, the Problem Statement Checklist, and the Litmus Test as guides for your post.
With these thoughts in mind, refer to the Journal Articles document for your assigned articles for this Discussion. use Article B week 3 under Education. Follow the prompt below for your program. Litmus Test for a Doctoral-Level Research Problem

Background on these “litmus test” questions

· The distinguishing characteristic of doctoral-level research (as opposed to masters level) is that it must make an original contribution to the field. However, students may struggle to identify what will authentically contribute to their field or discipline.
· The most critical step in making such a contribution is to first identify a research problem with the 4 doctoral hallmarks below. Identifying a doctoral-level research problem is “necessary, but not sufficient,” to produce doctoral-level capstone.


In Walden’s scholar-practitioner model, a research problem shows promise of contributing meaningfully to the field ONLY if the answer to ALL of the following questions is “yes.”




Is there evidence that this problem is significant to the professional field?

There must be relevant statistics (expressing an unjust inequality, financial impact, lost efficiency, etc.), documentable discrepancies (e.g., two models that are difficult to reconcile), and/or other scholarly facts that point to the significance and urgency of the problem. The problem must be an authentic “puzzle” that needs solving, not merely a topic that the researcher finds interesting.


Can the problem be framed in a way that will enable the researcher to either build upon or counter the previously published findings on the topic?

For most fields, this involves articulating the problem within the context of a theoretical or conceptual framework. Although there are multiple ways to ground a study in the scientific literature, the essential requirement is that the problem is framed in such a way that the new findings will have implications for the previous findings.


For research doctorates (Ph.D.):

Does the problem reflect a meaningful gap in the research literature?

For the professional doctorates (Ed.D. and D.B.A.):

Does the problem describe a meaningful gap in practice?


Can a scholarly, systematic method of inquiry be applied to address the problem?

The framing of the problem should not reveal bias or present a foregone conclusion. Even if the researcher has a strong opinion on the expected findings, scholarly objectivity must be maximized by framing the problem in the context of a systematic inquiry that permits multiple possible conclusions.

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