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In thesis writing, the most difficult part to write is Chapter 1 (Introduction/The Problem).

As they say, the most difficult part of any endeavour is the starting point. This is because the first chapter is where you conceptualize your entire research. The whole research/thesis can be reflected in Chapter 1 including expected results or outcomes. For your guidelines, please read the following sample format of Chapter 1. Remember, the format is not universal, meaning it could vary from one school to another and/or from one course to another. CHAPTER 1: THE PROBLEM Chapter 1 includes the following subtopics, namely: 1) Rationale; 2) Theoretical Framework; 3) Conceptual Framework/Paradigm; 4) Statement of the problem; 5) Hypothesis (Optional); 6) Assumption (Optional); 7) Scope and Delimitation; Importance of the study; 9) Definition of terms. Rationale
1. 2. 3. 4. Background of the study Describe the problem situation considering global, national and local forces. Justify the existence of the problem situation by citing statistical data and authoritative sources. Make a clinching statement that will relate the background to the proposed research problem.

Theoretical Framework Discuss the theories and/or concepts, which are useful in conceptualizing the research. Conceptual Framework/Paradigm
1. 2. Identify and discuss the variables related to the problem. Present a schematic diagram of the paradigm of the research and discuss the relationship of the elements/variables therein.

Statement of the Problem


1. 2. The general problem must be reflective of the title. It should be stated in such a way that it is not answerable by yes or no, not indicative of when and where. Rather, it should reflect between and among variables. 3. 4. Each sub-problem should cover mutually exclusive dimensions (no overlapping). The sub-problem should be arranged in logical order from actual to analytical following the flow in the research paradigm.

Hypothesis (Optional)
1. A hypothesis should be measurable/ desirable. It expresses expected relationship between teo or more variables. It is based on the theory and/or empirical evidence. 2. There are techniques available to measure or describe the variables. It is on a one to one correspondence with the specific problems of the study. 3. 4. 5. A hypothesis in statistical form has the following characteristics: It is used when the test of significance of relationships and difference of measures are involved. The level of significance if stated.

Assumption
1. 2. An assumption should be based on the general and specific problems. It is stated in simple, brief, generally accepted statement.

Scope and Delimitation Indicate the principal variables, locale, timeframe, and justification. Importance of the Study
1. 2. It describes the contributions of the study as new knowledge, make findings more conclusive. It cites the usefulness of the study to the specific groups.

Definition of Terms
1. Only important terms taken from the title, statement of the problem, assumptions, hypothesis, and the research paradigm are to be defined. 2. 3. The terms should be arranged alphabetically and should be defined lexically and/or operationally. The operational definition may include measures or indices used in measuring each concept.

introduction -statement of d problem.. -objective of the study -importance of the study -scope and delimitation of the study -definition of terms

Thesis introduction is the first part of a thesis paper. Thesis introduction allows the readers to get the general idea of what your thesis is about. Thesis introduction acquaints the readers with the thesis paper topic, explaining the basic points of the thesis research and pointing the direction of your research. Thesis introduction has to contain the following information:

The thesis paper topic; The reasons which pushed a student to write his or her thesis paper exactly on this topic; The thesis topic preface, or the background information on the thesis paper topic; The goals you are going to achieve; The tasks to complete in order to attain the goals, or the direction of the thesis research development;

Remember that your thesis introduction has to contain all the information presented above. But it is not enough just to know the components of the thesis introduction if you want to succeed in thesis paper writing. You also have to know several secrets of the thesis introduction writing. We will tell you these secrets, so that you could prepare a brilliantthesis introduction.

You should write your thesis introduction after composing the entire thesis paper. It will allow you to analyze the whole work, and discover the best way to introduce your thesis to the readers. You should not use any terms in your thesis introduction, since it can baffle the readers. You should present the terms related to the topic of your thesis paper only in the main body of the thesis paper. Try to use simple language within your thesis introduction. Remember that one of the main tasks of the thesis introduction is to attract the readers attention to your thesis paper.

If you read and learn this article, you will easily compose your thesis introduction.