Meaning and Characteristics of a research problem
Meaning of Research Problem
q A research problem is a specific issue, difficulty, contradiction or a gap in knowledge that a researcher will aim to address in his/her research.
q It also means finding answers to questions or strengthening existing knowledge finding to bridge the knowledge gap to solve problems
Characteristics of Research Problem
q The problem should be stated clearly and concisely.
q The problem generates research questions.
q It is grounded in theory
q It relates to one or more academic field.
q It has a base in research literature.
q The problem reflects felt needs
q It is do-able within the time frame budget.
q Sufficient data are available or can be obtained.
q The problem is new; it is not answered sufficiently.