Outline the Background of the Problem
Topic 3: Background and Introduction
As you draft your Outline of the Background of the Problem, consider the following: The background of the problem is established before the statement of the problem to provide readers/researchers a compelling understanding of the context of the problem as in what research has been conducted on this problem.
- Broadly, one component of this discussion will identify fundamental problem areas.
- What are the two or three predominant problem areas in education that provide a foundation for your statement of the problem?
- Generally, one component of this discussion will be empirical in nature.
- What is the most significant empirical data presented in existing literature that demonstrates a need for further research and understanding of your research problem?
- Specifically, one component of this discussion will narrow your focus relevant to your statement of the problem.
- What are the most significant concepts, themes, and perspectives on the problem in the prevailing literature that informs your decision to focus on your research problem?
- What broad problem(s) in the research literature lead to your topic?
- What is the "argument" for conducting your study?