This paper reports on an on-going action research that enquires into the academic writing of a project paper by international post-graduate students enrolled at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Preliminary observations reveal that many of these students are underprepared for the task, citing cross-cultural limitations stemming from differences in teaching and learning styles vis-avis here and their home countries. They also claim that they are not prepared for the autonomy that is presented in the data collecting process and the writing of the paper. This action research aims to address the problem with a focus on the Statement of Problem. Data for the study were collected through semi-structured questionnaires, interviews and document analysis. The researchers believe that if intervention is provided at the early stages of the writing, these novice writers should be able to achieve academic socialization. © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Ibrahim, N., & Nambiar, R. M. K. (2011). What is the problem with the statement of problem?: The case of postgraduate international students and the introductory sections of a project paper. In Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences (Vol. 15, pp. 1713–1717). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.03.356