Research is a systematic way of finding solutions to a problem. Whether it is in social sciences or any other area, research is problem driven. It is a scientific way of finding solutions to an identified problem. Identifying and properly formulating a research problem is a major step to carrying out a study successfully. What then is a research problem?
A research problem could be described as questions researchers want to answer or assertions they want to challenge by embarking on a study. A research problem is a challenge you set out to find solutions to in a study. It is an issue, difficulty, contradiction or a gap in knowledge you want to address by embarking on a study. Objectives are goals we set to achieve in a research study. The research problem informs the setting of meaningful objectives.
There are steps in identifying a research problem. You also have steps in carrying out a research study. Watch this video to get the complete lecture on basics of research in social sciences.
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