Discussion Identifying a Research Problem


Identify and reflect on a problem or issue, in your workplace or a context with which you are familiar that you would like to study more deeply. The problem or issue can be related to something you have observed in your practice, something you have read about in the news or in a professional journal, or anything you feel is of importance to your field as a whole. The issue should be manageable enough that, with a deeper look into the research literature, you will be able to identify the stakeholders that would be interested in the issue and propose a research-based solution to address the issue, as you would to these stakeholders. Review pages 7–11 in Conducting Research Literature Reviews for examples of the types of issues that can be addressed by reviewing the research literature.

Note: Because you will build on this assignment throughout this course, you should select a topic that interests you and is related to an education, training, performance, or a technology issue.

For the Discussion, you will describe this issue and engage in a dialogue about it. To begin, think about how you would define the problem for your colleagues. How did you become interested in it? Why is it significant?

With these thoughts in mind:


Post a brief description of the issue or problem. Include a brief explanation of the background context of the situation. Based on what you have learned about the research process thus far, explain your rationale for why a solution to the problem might be found by reviewing the research literature.


Locke, L. F., Silverman, S. J., & Spirduso, W. W. (2009). Reading and understanding research (3rd ed.). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Chapter 3, “How to Select and Read Research Reports”
  • Chapter 13, “Staying Organized When Reading Research Reviews”
Fink, A. (2020). Conducting research literature reviews: From the Internet to paper (5th ed.). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Chapter 1, “Reviewing the Literature: Why? For Whom? How?”
    • “Purpose of This Chapter”
    • “What Is a Research Literature Review? Why Do One?”
    • “What Exactly Do You Need to Find?” (subsection of “Choosing an Online Bibliographic Database,” p. 20)
Mongan-Rallis, H. (2014). Guidelines for writing a literature review. Retrieved from http://www.duluth.umn.edu/~hrallis/guides/research...


Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Purposes of research [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 9 minutes.
In this program, Dr. Michael Patton explains the purposes associated with different types of research. https://class.content.laureate.net/c143956aa3ecbb266cd2f78eb718f895.html#


Thesis and Purpose Statements, University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center
Research Problem Statement Template, David Kent Norman Online Notebook
Developing a Research Question, Empire State College
The Relationship Between the Research Question, Hypotheses, Specific Aims, and Long-Term Goals of the Project, Research Assistant


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