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Identifying Problems Through Critical Thinking

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1. What are the characteristics of a problem? How might a problem present itself? How should a problem be investigated and identified? What are five steps to be considered while framing a problem? Include an example from your personal or professional experience.

2. What forces of influence should be considered while identifying a problem through critical thinking? What methods can be used during problem formulation? What is a problem statement? How can a problem statement be formulated so that it is considerate of stakeholders' perspectives?

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The solution discusses how a problem can be formulated, its characteristics are also listed and it also defines problem statement. References included.

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1) What are the characteristics of a problem? How might a problem present itself? How should a problem be investigated and identified? What are five steps to be considered while framing a problem? Include an example from your personal or professional experience.

A problem may have a cause or not but it always has an effect on something. Most problems are specific although sometimes it is hard to discover right away the real problem or root cause of the problem since people are more concerned on the negative effects that has been experienced or shown and how they can be solved. A problem can be easy, moderate, or difficult to solve and the time to solve the problem depends on the level of difficulty and motivation of the problem solvers to implement the solution to put an end to the problem. All problems have potential solutions or alternatives and the 'best' solution is going to be tried first even if sometimes it does not work.

Situations that produce negative outcomes is a cry for help and a sign that a problem exists. Sometimes, a problem is manifested as a physical problem while other times, it can be a psychological effect on someone. Sometimes they come simply as one problem while there are times that they come in groups ...

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