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Tips For Writing A Problem Statement For Research
When you are writing a thesis paper or dissertation, you are going to find that it is imperative to have a clear and concise problem statement. This is exactly what it sounds like; a statement about what the problem is, and how the research or “problem solving” team will address it. If you are struggling with creating a clear problem statement then you are going to want to follow a core set of tips that will help you to create the best course of action. Some of the most effective guidelines include:
- In your problem statement, you are going to explicitly explain the issues at hand
- You are going to detail how the team is going to address the issues
- This will help you to get an idea or picture in your head about how the experiment or research will be handled
- You are going to have a specific result in mind
- Even though you are going to know what you want the results to be, you have to understand that the research or clinical experience might not prove your hypothesis
- You cannot design the experiment or clinical research in a way that skews the information that you gather
The problem statement is an unbiased statement that describes the issue and how it will be handled by a team of professionals. The statement cannot insinuate any biases or methods to push the results one-way or the other. You will state your intent and the purpose; however, take full-unbiased notes, as the results can end up proving, or disproving your research. Either result is acceptable, as long as there are concrete results that form a learning experience for the researchers, the “problem solving” team and the readers of the paper.
If you are struggling with writing a problem statement, you can start it the way that you would any writing assignment. Take notes as to what you wish to cover, outline how you see the project unfolding, and then you can pull the method and problem statement from the assumptions that you have made. While you might support the argument or the converse side of the argument, you will be able to design the problem statement from this writing prompt, or process. By having a clear problem statement, your readers will be able to fully grasp the purpose and design of your research paper. This will help to prepare them for what is going to follow in the content of your paper.