ERIC Number: ED146147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov-21
Reference Count: 0
The Problems and Problem Delineation Techniques. Occasional Paper No. 1
Gephart, William J.
The issue of problem awareness and problem definition is discussed in this occasional paper. It is proposed that a problem can be defined as one of four instances of indeterminancy: anomaly, unverified fact, uncharted area, or conflicting evidence; further, for each of these categories, three levels of problems are seen to exist: (1) what variables are involved; (2) what is their nature; and (3) what are their cause/effect relationships. Three techniques are explained for delineating problems: the integrative theonomy, facet analysis and design, and componential analysis. It is suggested that these delineation techniques have two applications in the training of researchers: (1) as content, which might be taught to the researcher-to-be, and (2) as tools to examine the area of research instruction. (MJB)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Concept Teaching, Educational Research, Fundamental Concepts, Research Problems
Phi Delta Kappa, 8th and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, Indiana 47401 ($1.00)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.
Note: Paper presented at the National Symposium for Professors of Educational Research, sponsored by Phi Delta Kappa (2nd, Boulder, Colorado, November 21, 1968)