INTRODUCTION

The main purpose of the INTRODUCTION is to give a description of the problem that will be addressed. In this section the researcher might discuss the nature of the research, the purpose of the research, the significance of the research problem, and the research question(s) to be addressed.

Three essential parts of a good introduction are:

RATIONALE
Somewhere in the introduction you need to inform the reader of the rationale of your research. This is a brief explanation of why your research topic is worthy of study and may make a significant contribution to the body of already existing research.

PURPOSE
The statement of purpose is not simply a statement of why the research is being done. (That is what the rationale section is for.) Rather, "purpose" refers to the goal or objective of your research. The purpose statement should answer questions. . .
  • "What are the objectives of my research?" and
  • "What do I expect to discover or learn from this research?"

RESEARCH QUESTION
The introduction usually ends with a research question or questions. This question should be. . .
  • Related to your research purpose
  • Focused
  • Clear