Before embarking on a study journey, there is need to succinctly identify an area of study you wish to investigate. Identifying a research problem is the first and foremost step that every researcher has to undertake. At times, it becomes rather difficult for an inexperienced student of research to conceptualize a research problem if it […]

1.1 Background to the Study

By Anthony M. Wanjohi  The background to the study can be referred to as a “rough road” towards the statement of the problem. It provides the description of the research problem from an international, national to local context. It puts the problem in the correct perspective in order to provide the root or the genesis […]

1.2 Statement of Research Problem

In research, stating the problem may take only a few sentences or it may take hundreds of words.  A detailed definition may result in a better understanding of the problem.  There are three criteria of a good problem and problem statement. The problem should be concerned with a relation between two or more variables. However […]

1.3 Research Objectives and Research Questions

By Anthony M. Wanjohi A good research problem is that which generates a number of other research questions or objectives. After stating the research problem, you should go ahead to generated research questions or objectives. You may choose to use either research questions or objectives especially if they are referring to one and the same […]

1.4 Research Hypothesis

King’oriah (2004, p. 176) defines hypothesis as “ a theoretical proposition, which has some remote possibility of being tested statistically or indirectly.”  He further explains it as some statement of some future event which could either be unknown or known vaguely at the time of prediction; but set in such a way that it can […]