Research Problem, Meaning, Definition & Identification

Sun, 06/09/2013 - 08:46 -- Umar Farooq

Meaning of Research Problem

The term problem has been derived from a Greek word which means anything thrown forward or a question proposed for situation or a matter stated for examination.

Definition of Research Problem

Following are some of the important definitions of research problem

  1. R.S Woodworth: “A problem is a situation for which we have no ready made solution”.
  2. John Dewey: “A problem represents the information’s acquired by a researcher and seeks solution for it”.
  3. K. Person: “A problem is that situation if we modified will bring solution in the difficulty”.
  4. Gibson: “A problem is really a spring board for a leap in to the unknown”.

We can say from the above definitions that, problem is a disturbing situation which needs a solution.

Identification of Research Problem

Identification is a sense of consciousness and awareness about a social phenomena. Identification of a problem is very difficult and have no specific rules and principles but following are some sources for identification of a social problem.

  1. Researcher Knowledge
  2. Keen observation
  3. Careful Investigation
  4. Cause and effect relationships