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CESS colloquium which was held on the 5  of August was a success. Ten participants participated with 5 participants from the Master of Early Childhood program and 5 participants from Master in Islamic Studies. The participants had good feedback from the lecturers and were more equipped to finish their study. Even the observers felt they managed to learn a lot from the session. Our student’s main problem in research seems to find a problem. The mistake was to focus on their interest and experience and not accompany it with lots of reading. Only when a lot of reading is done can gaps be seen in a particular area of study or problems identified for further research. Hopefully, in the future, we will have more participants.


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  1. Some tips for identifying the research​ problems.
    1. Specify the research area that interests you
    2. Start asking at least 10 questions, based on the research areas
    3. Look for evidence, (example from the previous study), to support the 10 questions
    4. Based on the evidence, build the case and start looking at the numbers of cases
    5. Based on numbers of cases, write the problem statement (one paragraph with less reference)
    6. Based on the problem statement write the research questions

    I usually use this technique before writing the research paper, after sending it for publication, most of the reviewer’s commented only on the research design but less comment on the problem statement.

    Just my humble opinion


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