(2006:29) write that, in some cases research problems or questions aredefined too vaguely and too generally. An important point to keep in mind when definingor formulating a research problem is that it should be specific rather than general. Whena problem or question is specific and focused, it becomes amore answerable researchquestion than if it remained general and unfocused. A well formulated problem isalready a half-solved problem .A research problem is expressed as a general questionabout the relationship between two or more variables. The formulation of a problemintroduces the necessity of defining clearly all concepts used and of determining thevariables and their relationships.
If you know a lot about the topic, you can develop aresearch question based on your own knowledge. If you feel you don't know muchabout the topic, think again (
2.1THE IMPORTANCE OF FORMULATING THE RESEARCH PROBLEM
According to Kumar (2005:40) research formulation is like the identification of adestination before undertaking journey. As in the absence of a destination, it isimpossible to identify the shortest-or indeed any –route in the absence of a clear research problem, a clear economical plan is impossible. A research problem is like thefoundation of a building. The type and design of a building is dependant upon thefoundation of a building.
2.2 SOURCES OF RESEARCH PROBLEMS
Kumar (2005:41) writes that most research in the humanities revolves around four Psthus People, Problems, Programs, and Phenomena
2.3 CONSIDERATIONS IN SELECTING A RESEARCH PROBLEM
According to Kumar (2005:43) there are a number of considerations to keep in mindwhen selecting a research problem/topic. These considerations are; interest,magnitude, measurement of concepts, level of expertise, relevance, availability of data