Dr Jana Martiskova
Are you having trouble writing the problem statement of your research?
Before you go off writing your problem statement, let us first tell you the main ingredients that can cook up the perfect problem statement for your research.
Generally speaking, it is a set of questions that need answering or logical reasoning. It provides the circumstance and scope for conducting the research and the outcome that is desired. A problem statement in research is its focal point and is the true essence on the basis of which research is conducted.
Important Note: What your research problem statement should not have?
But before we tell you what makes up a delicious problem statement of a research, let’s look at two common mistakes that people make when writing it:
This part defines the actual existing problem and generates the questions that your research would later answer. This part is as important as salt for a meal. The simplest way to write the problem is to answer to the five basic Ws.
Example: Start your problem with the following statement and then carry off by answering the 5Ws in a sequence:
In this part of the research, you will define the process through which the problem will be addressed or resolved. This is also called the claim or working of a thesis.
Example: You can start the methodology by:
This is also referred to as the extent or the scale of your study. Here, you will mention the significance of the study and how it will help overcome the problem that is being investigated in the research. It should answer to the two following questions: