Module 3 Lesson 3: How to write a statement of the problem

Learn the basics of writing a statement of the problem for your research proposal

Dear author,

Writing a problem statement can be tricky and sometimes deceptively difficult. A research problem is essentially a gap in the existing knowledge of the field. Further understanding and investigation may be needed to address this gap. A problem statement is used in research work as a claim that outlines the problem that will be addressed by a study. It briefly explains the problem that the research will address.

I hope that by the end of this bite-sized course, you will be able to

  • Understand the importance of defining a statement of the problem
  • Follow a 4-step guide to format and write an effective statement of the problem
  • Download templates that assist you in writing the statement with ease


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