Saturday, June 20, 2009

Defining the problem

The problem can be based on vital or intellectual matters. It refers to acceptance of one specific difficulty or obstacle which motivates an interest to know about it.
Some problem characteristics
1. Matter to solve and clarify, proportion of difficulty and solution is doubtful.
2. Group of facts or circumstances which troubles the consequence of one specific objective.
3. Proposition addressed to figure out the way to obtain results when certain data is known.
The problem mustn’t be only selected but defined and formulated. It means people might understand it. If the problem is well defined and formulated the researcher copes with clarity, comprehension, and understanding about the problem. On the other hand, if the problem were wrong defined and formulated, then it would be confusing, without structure and its development wouldn’t be accurate.
Once you’ll have identified a problem; consult about the problem, comment with your own words what you pretend investigating and how you pretend to do it. If people understand it, then you have a problem to work on.
Advice when selecting and identifying a problem
1. Choose a topic in which you are specialized.
2. Topic might be personal.
3. The topic must be a motivating agent from beginning to end.
4. Investigate about something you deal with knowledge, experience and enough- existing sources
5. Focus your problem to one specific and concrete aspect. It should be under one specific question to be answered.
Most of problems show up in our daily doing (in our professional praxis).
Three aspects to keep in mind before selecting a problem
1. Vocation
2. Be intellectual qualified
3. Have enough sources
Some characteristics a topic for investigation might have
1. Be innovative, it means be presented as singular and interested to offer ideas, hypothesis, and guidance for future studies.
2. Results might work for designing strategies to come up with solutions.
3. Be innovative and socially projected.
Some suggestions for selecting a topic for investigation
1. Interest
2. No duplications
3. Avoid prejudices
4. Opportunities to be done
The problem can be stated as a question or describing it on paragraph precisely.
The problem
a. The real problem is the one which tries to figure out unknown knowledge.
b. The inquiry must be the morrow for the investigation.
c. Two processes involved: identifying and formulating
d. Formulating and determining a problem equals the burden of work to be done.
Problem characteristics
a. Précised
b. Limited existence: no too broad
c. Original
d. Viable: favorable to solve it.
Types of problems
a. Academic: intellectual and professional
b. Information: scientific
c. Action: when relevance of investigation is inquired, then its success.
d. Vital: solve a problem in society
e. Pure or applied: for science progress

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