With the knowledge of how to write a correct introduction and a good problem statement, you will need to understand that none of this section is independent of itself. Remember we said the introduction started the problem statement. Likewise, the problem statement yielded the research objectives.
Keep in mind that because these sections of the research are interrelated, if your introduction is not organized properly, it may be difficult to link it to the problem statement. And just as you already know, the combined introduction and problem statement are expected to help you navigate the macroeconomic variables to use for data analysis.
Research objectives should be related to the statement of the problem and should not be too far from the identified problem and should summarize what is hoped to be achieved by the end of the study. For example, if the problem identified is poor fiscal discipline in resource allocation and the functioning of ineffective tax authorities in Nigeria, the main objective of the study could be to identify the extent to which effective fiscal policies have led to economic growth and development in Nigeria in order to find ways to improve it.
Writing your research goals clearly helps to:
- The focus study: Here it is necessary to state the main objective of the study
- Variable identification: You need to understand that, while stating your goal, your goal is a product of your problem statement. That is to say, variables and source data are not randomly selected for analysis; it is necessary to correctly understand the variables surrounding the identified problem.
- Indicate the various steps to be taken: in the objective the various types of analysis are differentiated either by verifying the negative and positive relationships or by looking for the nature of the relationships between the variables.
- Avoid the collection of data that is not strictly necessary: in this case, you do not avoid only unnecessary data, you avoid selecting variables that are not related to the topic of discussion.
When it comes to study objectives, it is grammatical mistakes that some researchers make and it is important to avoid such mistakes so that you don’t seem to have trouble with the English language.
Your goals should be stated using action verbs specific enough to be measured, for example: examine, compare, calculate, evaluate, determine, verify, calculate, describe, explain, as appropriate. Avoid using non-active empty verbs such as: appreciate, understand, believe, study, this is because these verbs are not estimable.
Points to note:
- Make sure your dependent and independent variables are clearly linked in goals.
- Do not use indeterminate non-active verbs.
- Don’t have too many goals; three goals can work.
- Goals should not be presented in the form of questions
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