Research Problem

  • Identify a topic of interest and write a research problem, based on your topic of interest, that specifically looks at the relationship between two variables.  
  • Specify the unit of analysis in your research problem.  
  • Identify the two variables in your research problem – include: which is the independent variable (IV) and which is the dependent variable (DV); and specify the variable ‘type’ i.e. categorical/nominal; continuous/interval.
  • Provide an operational definition for each of your two variables. (if this is really difficult, your variable is not specific enough, and you should further narrow your variable and research problem).  
  • Write a hypothesis for your research problem 
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