CEC Faculty Articles

Title

Framework of problem-based research: A guide for novice researchers on the development of a research-worthy problem

Document Type

Article

Date

1-1-2008

Publication Title

Informing Science: The International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline

ISSN or ISBN

1547-9684

Volume

11

First Page

17

Last Page

33

Description

This paper introduces the importance of a well-articulated, research-worthy problem statement as the centerpiece for any viable research. The aim of this work is to help novice researchers understand the value of problem-based research by providing a practical guide on the development of a well articulated and viable statement of a research-worthy problem as the starting point for all research. Additionally, this paper explores the interaction of the problem with the other fundamental elements of scholarly research including the research topic, goals, research questions, methodology, results, and conclusions. Scaffolding for articulating a ‘research-worthy problem’ is provided in the form of a deconstruction of the expression into definitions of its component terms, followed by a discussion of what is not a research-worthy problem. A roadmap on locating problems that could support scholarly research is provided. The theoretical foundation is placed into practice by examining some problem statements and proposing a template for crafting an effective statement.

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