Making the educated guess: the Hypothesis
Research formulation is about providing a solution to a problem but identifying the problem is the first step.
- Where does the problem origination or discovery begin?
1. Previous Experience
2. Triggered Interest
3. Potential problem field
4. From literature review
- Criteria of problems and problem statement
- Goals and Planning
- Search, Explore, and Garther the Evidence
- Generate creative and logical alternative solutions
Definitions of the Hypothesis
"Hypotheses are the single tentative guesses, good hunches, assumed for use in devising theory or planning experiments intended to be given a direct experimental test when possible" (Rogers, E. 1966).
"A hypothesis is a conjectural statement of the relation between two or more variables" (Kerlinger, 1956).
"Hypothesis is a formal statement that presents the expected relationship between an independent and adependent variable" (Creswell, 1994).
"A research question is essentially a hypothesis asked in the form of a question."