How does the statement of the problem provide the foundation for the rest of the study?
This is an essential question to answer. There are several reasons why the statement of the problem is foundational to all studies. Let me give you a few reason why.
First, studies are usually based on some sort of problem. We can say that the very reason why a study exists is to study a problem and offer solutions. So, from this perspective, the problem is foundational.
Second, if a person forgets the nature of the problem, a subsequent study may completely miss the mark. This would be in many ways a waste of a study.
Third, if you study a problem very carefully, it will give you tremendous insight. In fact, most great studies are based on an insightful understanding of the problem. Moreover, a profound understanding of the problem, not only shows intelligence, but also is the first step toward a solution. If this is the case, then the statement of problem is foundational.