Speaker ›› Professor Dr. Juhana Salim
Medium ›› English
Venue ›› MPWS Training Centre # map
Time ››
8:30am – 5:30pm

Overview of the workshop

An editorial in Science Direct on ‘What is a problem statement’ addressed the fact that researchers seems to be confused as to what comprise a problem statement. Research methods textbooks have not clarified the matter well. Professor Fred N. Kerlinger, a respected empirical positivist whose work in research methodology, made several remarks about problem statements which can be summarized as such:

That it is not always possible for a researcher to formulate his problem simply, clearly and completely and if one wants to solve a problem one must definitely know what the problem is and that there is no ‘right’ way to state one (Kerlinger 1973)

Clark (2000) pointed out that the weakness of much of our research is that we have failed to take seriously the initial step in research design, that is, formulating the problem. Very often researcher tend to concentrate on precision in methodology and neglect the problem formulation. Early work of David Clark and Egon Cuba from Indiana University (1967) formulated the right way to design a methodolocal approach to investigate a research problem. They explained that developing a problem statement is an exercise in logic. They suggested these three steps: i. To describe the Principle Proposition ii. To identify the Interacting Proposition ( i.e. what we know that contradicts or challenges the principal proposition and justify the need to look at what we know from new directions or lenses; iii. To set the directions for the inquiry which is the Speculative Proposition.

This Colloquium is a knowledge sharing session that highlight the importance of establishing the definition of a problem as it is the heart of the research process and attempts to offer guidelines for formulating the problem statement.

What you get in the workshop?
Softcopy Note from Speaker
Softcopy Certificate
Meal & Refreshments
Tentative Program

8.30 am -
9.00 am

9.00 am - 10.15 am

What is the research problem?
* Undestanding the characteristics of the research problem.
* How the research problem differs from the other parts of the research.
* Discussion: Why is the research problem important?

10.30 am -
12.30 pm
How to Identify a research problem?
* Identify potential research problem of interest and locating the research problem.
* Narrowing your focus problem.
* Time for Hands-on: Exercises and presentation
12.30 pm - 12.45 pm Q & A
12.45 pm - 2.30 pm Rest and prayer
2.30 pm - 3.30 pm Flow of ideas in the problem statement based on a methodological approach.
* Time for hands – on: Problem identificationusing Socratic questioning techniques.
3.30 pm - 3.45 pm Break
3.45 pm - 5.00 pm Stating the research problem:
* Justifying the importance of the research problem

Registration fees cover refreshments and lunch.. All fees must be fully paid before commencement of the course. Otherwise, participants will not be allowed to enter the lecture hall. Reservation/booking by intending participants should be made with payment as soon as possible. We accept payment via Local Order (LO). However, the price should be normal price and the LO must be sent prior to the event.

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The organizer reserves the right to alter or change the programme due to unforeseen circumstances. Every effort will be made to inform the registered participants of any changes. The organizer will not be responsible for the arrangement of participant's transportation and accommodation should there be any changes for the date of the workshop. The participant is responsible to check the MPWS official website from time to time for any changes, or contact the organizer directly.

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