- MemberNovember 21, 2021 at 1:59 pm
Problem Statement is the true north of a proposal. It is used as a compass to guide the literature search and proposal writing. The problem statement is often the opening piece of the text and clearly outlines the topic researcher intends to study. It also identifies a problem or something that needs to change. Problem statement contains three parts: context, knowledge gap and significance. The context explains the current situation, what’s wrong with it, and what needs to change. Knowledge gap is framed by the context and significance. This frame sets the terms of researcher’s study so that they don’t go astray. The significance of the problem gives a sense of urgency so we care about the research, heavy hitting statistics come in handy to tell the reader about the scope of the problem and its consequences.