Purpose Statement

A purpose statement is a declarative statement that summarizes a research project’s main goal or goals. A purpose statement provides some guidance in establishing a research question and serves as an introduction to the resultant paper or dissertation chapter.

Developing the Purpose Statement

At the beginning of a research project, it is helpful for the researcher to use a declarative sentence to state the main goal or goals of the project in specific terms. Statements that begin with the phrase “I wish to learn . . .” or “I plan to examine . . .” can be helpful insofar as they can move the topic’s abstract notions to a concrete research question, which is the springboard for the resultant research design. Furthermore, a purpose statement can ground ...

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