Identify the Problem
Some other points to keep in mind in developing your social problem:
- Be sure that you develop a specific social problem within a particular period of time related to one or more general concepts and themes.
- Many of the examples on the sample list are intended to be used as a starting point
- Avoid developing a problem statement that is too specific or too general. The AHPPA will involve quite a bit of research. Therefore, a problem that is overly specific may result in your spending a great deal of time on something relatively trivial. On the other hand, a problem that is too general may be unsolvable.
- Try to develop a problem within a concept that can be compared to other similar types of problems in other time periods or today
Worksheet 1: Define the Problem (HTML version)
Worksheet 1: Define the Problem (MSWORD version)
Step 2: Gather the Evidence