Whats the problem? What is a problem in an academic research project?

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This is the craziest presentation I've ever made! (You will see why). In this presentation I explain what is a PROBLEM in a research project. The inspiration for this presentation comes from the resistance many people have to the word PROBLEM, without fully understanding its meaning in academic research. I situate problems in research projects, that is, within specific logics of enquiry and theoretical frameworks that lead to specific research questions and methodologies.

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Whats the problem? What is a problem in an academic research project?

  1. 1. WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? What is a ‘problem’ in an academic research project? Delft University of Technology Prepared by Roberto Rocco Group Spatial Planning and Strategy Delft University of Technology SpatialPlanning &Strategy
  2. 2. or why do I have to write a ‘problem statement’ in a research project?
  3. 3. Image source: koolcatshipchicksblog.com
  4. 4. For Darlene Price, author of ‘Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results’: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/02/15/13-things-you-should-never-say-at-work/
  5. 5. “Accentuate the positive”
  6. 6. “Negative words to avoid”
  7. 7. PROBLEM! Source: Photocave Collection by National Archive
  8. 8. Photo: Rex Features/Aroldo di Crollalanza
  9. 9. The belief that words shape our thoughts and attitudes comes from cognitive and behavioural neuro-science
  10. 10. It is conceivable that avoiding negative words in social interaction leads to better results
  11. 11. HOWEVER Image source: http://www.metrolyrics.com/eartha-kitt-pictures.html
  12. 12. BESIDES Eartha Kitt in a TV series in 1975 during her stay in Britain. Photograph: ITV/REX
  13. 13. In current common language (English) "Problem." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2014. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/problem>.
  14. 14. But there is more to it! "Problem." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2014. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/problem>.
  15. 15. Image source: http://www.frankiedean.com.au/blog/eartha-kitt-1927-2008/ The etymology of the word
  16. 16. In the scientific method Image source: http://www.historyguy.com/moviesandtvhistory/catwoman_in_movies_and_tv.htm#.UuYGlnmCrUo
  17. 17. Problem statement
  18. 18. This is relevant because... Image source:The Amazing Eartha Kitt. (PRNewsFoto/FastLane Pictures)
  19. 19. Scientific method http://www.divasthroughthedecades.com/?_escaped_fragment_=eartha-kitt/zoom/c1ya8/image7rq
  20. 20. Urbanism
  21. 21. Human sciences Eartha Kitt Photograph by Phillipe Halsman
  22. 22. In the human sciences
  23. 23. In the social sciences Image source: http://www.historyguy.com/moviesandtvhistory/catwoman_in_movies_and_tv.htm#.UuYGlnmCrUo
  24. 24. Interpretation http://www.bet.com/news/national/2014/01/17/this-day-in-black-history-jan-17-1927.html
  25. 25. http://randyreport.blogspot.nl/2012/05/eartha-kitt-on-life.html Building on the shoulders of giants
  26. 26. What about design? http://fashionbombdaily.com/2013/02/06/black-history-month-on-the-fashion-bomb-eartha-kitts-influen
  27. 27. Problems are opportunities to advance knowledge!
  28. 28. Challenge the future
  29. 29. http://randyreport.blogspot.nl/2012/05/eartha-kitt-on-life.html

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