Research Problem

2587 Words Jan 24th, 2011 11 Pages

A problem is (1) any significant, perplexing and challenging situation, real or artificial, the solution of which requires reflective thinking; (2) a perplexing situation after it has been translated into a question or series of questions that help determine the direction of subsequent inquiry.


The term research problem implies that an investigation, inquiry or study is to be conducted, or that the problem is ready for investigation, inquiry or study. There are certain elements that a problem must possess before it becomes a research problem ready for investigation.

1. AIM or PURPOSE OF THE PROBLEM FOR INVESTIGATION. This answers the question “Why?” Why is there an
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h) The results are practical and implementable.
i) It requires original, critical and reflective thinking to solve it.
j) It can be delimited to suit the resources of the researcher but big or large enough to be able to give significant, valid and reliable results and generalizations.
k) It must contribute to the national development goals for the improvement of the quality of human life.
l) It must contribute to the fund of human knowledge.
m) It must show or pave the way for the solution of the problem or problems intended to be solved.
n) It must not undermine the moral and spiritual values of the people. It must not advocate the promotion of antisocial values such as drug addiction, cruelty, hatred, divisiveness, etc. As much as possible, it must advocate the promotion of divine values and those admirable human values such as love, peace, goodwill, etc.
o) It must not advocate any change in the present order of things by means of violence but by peaceful means.
p) There must be a consideration of hazards involved, physical, social or legal.

Guidelines in Writing the Title

One of the critical parts in thesis writing is the proper way of writing a title. There are some rules applied in writing the title.

The following are some guidelines in writing the title

1. The title should be clear and distinctively stated. 2. Subject matter of the study, the place of the study, the population involved, the period when the data were