Understanding The Issues Involved In The Selection Of A Research Problem In Social Sciences:An Explorative Study

Dr. Sanjay Kumar

Abstract


The purpose of this paper is to understand the issues involved in the selection of a research problem in social sciences. This paper answers three basic questions.how can a researcher choose his research topic? How can he identify research problems in the choosen topic? How can he select an appropriate research problem among identified research problems? This paper addresses the strategies of choosing a research topic.The paper further describes the sources for identification of the research problems in the chosen topic.The paper ends with the evaluation criteria of a research proplem so that an appropriate research problem can be selected.This paper will help the beginning doctoral students in selecting an appropriate and significant research problem.

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Research Topic, Research Problem, Evaluation Criteria, Research Ethics

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