- clarity and precision;
- identification of what would be studied, while avoiding the use of value-laden words and terms;
- identification of an overarching question and key factors or variables;
- identification of key concepts and terms;
- articulation of the study's boundaries or parameters;
- some generalizability;
- conveyance of the study's importance, benefits, and justification;
- no use of unnecessary jargon;
- conveyance of more than the mere gathering of descriptive data providing a snapshot.
Hernon, P., & Schwartz, C. (2007). What is a problem statement? Library & Information Science Research, 29, 307-309.
Hernon and Metoyer discovered nine attributes that respondents associated with problem statement: