Chapter I - IntroductionIntroductory paragraphs
Chapter I begins with a few short introductory paragraphs. The primary goal of theintroductory paragraphs is to catch the attention of the readers and to get them "turnedon" about the subject. It sets the stage for the topic and puts your topic in perspective.The introduction contains general statements about the need and significance for thestudy. When writing the introduction, put yourself in the reader's position - would youcontinue reading? It includes the following subsections
Statement of the Problem
The statement of the problem is the focal point of your research. It is just one sentenceYou are looking for something that needs close attention or a solution to existing methodsthat no longer seem to be working.Example of a problem statement: "The frequency of job layoffs is creating fear, anxiety,and a loss of productivity in middle management workers."Present persuasive arguments why the problem is important enough to study. Explainhow the problem relates to business or social trends by presenting data that demonstratesthe scope and depth of the problem. After writing this section, make sure you can easilyidentify the single sentence that is the problem statement.
Significance and need for the Study
The purpose is a single statement or paragraph that explains what the study intends toaccomplish. A few typical statements are:The goal/purpose of this study is to...... discover what ...... understand the causes or effects of ...... refine our current understanding of ...... provide a new interpretation of ...etc…This section creates a perspective for looking at the problem. It points out how your studyrelates to the larger issues and uses a persuasive rationale to justify the reason for your study. It makes the purpose worth pursuing. The significance of the study answers thequestions:Why is your study important? To whom is it important? What benefit(s) will occur if your study is done?It should also include the research objectives or goals