Example of a research problem definition

Your definition of a problem should serve as the basis for formulating a problem statement and objective. Thereafter you can move on to identifying your main research question.

The below example of a problem definition relates to a dissertation that explores a practical problem. It has been written using our guide to writing a problem definition.

Example: Problem definition

Background and context
The director of a primary school in London has asked for a fourth-year student from a teacher training college who could investigate opportunities for gifted students who need more challenges. An earlier survey conducted among these students’ parents/guardians has revealed that many of these children are bored and that about half of them no longer like going to school.

The British Ministry of Education has paid a great deal of attention to this issue in recent years [explain with sources]. The school has already implemented several related measures, such as enriching the curricula for compulsory subjects. A survey conducted by a university student in 2014 revealed that the children are indeed being challenged more, although the teachers are still struggling to deal with the issue. In particular, the teachers find it difficult to identify gifted students and provide appropriate counseling. The literature shows that [explain with sources].

Scope and relevance
The study focuses on the relationship between teachers and students; factors such as the home environment and peers are not taken into account. The results are relevant to society as teachers will receive practical tools that enable them to better guide gifted students. In turn, the students will feel better and perform at a higher level in school.

Problem statement
The teachers at this primary school do not have the skills they need to recognize or properly guide gifted students.

The aim of the research is to determine how teachers’ skills can be improved in order to better recognize and assist gifted students.

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September 13, 2018 at 5:05 PM

Excuse me...but is this have something to do with S.M.A.R.T.
Which is S-specific...M-measurable...A-achievable/attainable...R-realistic/relevant...T-time-bounded....just curious to know..cuz we were asked to make 10 examples regarding about that...there may be some sentences that can maybe give me an idea to make an example

Just making sure to not miss any ideas


Leon (Scribbr-team)
September 14, 2018 at 10:26 PM

Hi Justine!

I'm afraid that this article will not help you writing on SMART Goals! :(



September 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM

thats good thenks


Rica Ella Mae Amancio
September 18, 2017 at 10:11 AM

Hi? Please help me,give me some examples of problem?


Lucy Vleeshouwers
Lucy Vleeshouwers (Scribbr-team)
September 21, 2017 at 3:45 PM

Hi Rica,
You can find an example of a problem definition in the article above :)
We have a guide to help you define a problem for your text in the following article: https://www.scribbr.com/dissertation-writing-roadmap/define-research-problem-dissertation/


September 7, 2017 at 3:03 PM

Dear sir,
I'm so delighted haven learned how to correctly state a research problem as well as knowing how to define its questions that has a strong link with its global objective. I'm grateful a
and willing to learn more. Thanks a million!


Wouter Koekoek
Wouter Koekoek (Scribbr-team)
September 11, 2017 at 5:06 PM

I'm glad to hear that!


Marjue Ardenia
September 6, 2017 at 4:10 PM

Please help me how to write à research problem?


Wouter Koekoek
Wouter Koekoek (Scribbr-team)
September 11, 2017 at 5:05 PM

Hi Marjue,
We'd be happy to check the language of the document, but unfortunately we cannot help you write it.
Good luck!


July 29, 2017 at 4:02 PM

please help me .
a)identify a researchable research problem
b)Identify 4 indicators
c)draw a conceptual framework.


Wouter Koekoek
Wouter Koekoek (Scribbr-team)
August 1, 2017 at 3:04 PM

Dear Hezron,
Unfortunately, we cannot help you write the text. Scribbr is a proofreading service and serves as the last checkpoint before handing in the document. After you've written the text, we'd be more than happy to check the language :).
Good luck!


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