What is the definition of a research problem?


A research problem is a statement dealing with a condition that needs improvement, a troubling question or an area of concern. The problem can be theoretical, practical or one present in scholarly literature.

Research problems indicate a need for a deeper understanding and thorough investigation of a subject. In some social sciences, the problem is posed as a question to be researched and answered.

Problems are concise and well-defined. They do not explain how to do something or offer a value question. Unlike equations, these problems do not have answers that can be determined simply by using a formula.

Research problem statements introduce the topic, define the investigation and provide the method for reporting the results.

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