Discussion: Capstone Components


To help you recognize best practices in writing your capstone paper, it is useful to review the work of other scholars. The Walden Library has collections that include capstone studies from students who preceded you in the program. Some of their work is exemplary.

In this Discussion, you will consider an example of a capstone paper, and offer your perspective on it.

To prepare:

Go to the Walden Library, and open a copy of the following capstone:

Schofield, K. (2020). Elementary principals’ constraints and considerations whenhiring and assigning mathematics teachers. https://scholarworks.waldenu.edu/dissertations/8581/


One method of locating dissertations:

  • Navigate to the Walden Library from your Walden Student Portal.
  • Hover your cursor on the “Search & Find” tab.
  • Click on Dissertations.
  • Click on Dissertations & Theses at Walden University.
  • Search by title or author.

Open the Project Study and, using its table of contents or the search function, find and read the first few paragraphs in each of the following sections:

  • The Local Problem
  • Purpose of Study
  • Research Questions
  • Conceptual Framework
  • Data Collection

Once you finish reviewing the dissertation, analyze the alignment of the paper.

By Day 3

To complete:

Post your analysis, in 2–4 paragraphs, in which you:

  • Evaluate the alignment of components of this study.
  • Justify your evaluation using citations from the readings.
  • Use APA citations.

Reference                                                                                                           Single, P. B. (2010). Demystifying dissertation writing: A streamlined process from choice of topic to final text. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

  • Chapter 6, “Transforming a Focus Statement Into a One-Page Outline”
    • Section 6.1, “The Role and Elements of the One-Page Outline (pp. 97–99).

Butin, D. W. (2010). The education dissertation: A guide for practitioner scholars. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

  • Chapter 1, “A Guide for Practitioner Scholars” (p. 14)

https://scholarworks.waldenu.edu/dissertations/8581/.    https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/research-center/program-documents/edd

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