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POSSIBLE MODEL: PROBLEM STATEMENT

PROJECT 3: Research Proposal

Rhetorical Job of the Problem Statement Section


to announce the problem for study (the research that remains to be done) and, in so doing,
to invite the target audience to engage with the text

Possible Problem Statement Outline


o Background of the Problem: What has already been written about this topic?
o Problem: What research remains to be done?
o Proposed Response to the Problem: How will my study begin to do this research?

Possible Figures of the Problem for Study


NEGATIVE AFFIRMATIVE
What is wrong or missing in relevant previous What is right or inspiring in relevant previous
research? research?

a mistake to be rectified a contribution to be amplified

a gap to be filled a consideration to be added

an unexamined assumption to be a suggestion to be pursued


interrogated
a reconciliation among competing
a choice among competing approaches to approaches to be attempted
be made

Model Problem Statement: Negative Formulation of the Problem for Study


Elementary education journalists have reported on several factors that may encourage children to read
poetry. For example, elementary students seem to enjoy reading poems that they can use as models for
their own poetry writing and that they can perform aloud for their peers. However, more inquiry is needed
into what motivates children to read poetry when the pleasures of writing craft and public performance are
not available incentives for reading poetry. In the proposal that follows, I outline my research project on
this issue.

Model Problem Statement: Affirmative Formulation of the Problem for Study


Elementary education journalists have reported on several factors that may encourage children to read
poetry. For example, elementary students seem to enjoy reading poems that they can use as models for
their own poetry writing and that they can perform aloud for their peers. Previous inquiries have made it
possible now to investigate what motivates children to read poetry when the pleasures of writing craft and
public performance are not available incentives for reading poetry. In the proposal that follows, I outline
my research project on this issue.

2016-2017 Ann M. Lawrence ENC 1101


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