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Research question worksheet

  1. 1. Developing  Your  Research  Question     Researcher:_________________________    Step  1:  Name  your  Topic    (Early  in  your  research,  describe  your  work  in  one  sentence.)  Example:  I  am  researching  apartheid  in  South  Africa.        Step  2:  Suggest  a  Question  (Try  to  describe  your  research  by  developing  a  question  that  specifies  something  about  your  topic.)  Example:  I  am  researching  apartheid  in  South  Africa  because  I  want  to  learn  more  about  what  life  was  like  for  native  Africans  during  that  time.  Direct  Question:  What  was  life  like  for  native  Africans  during  apartheid?      Step  3:  Add  a  Rationale  (So  what?)  (Take  your  questioning  one  step  further  by  adding  a  second  question  aimed  at  determining  your  rationale.)  Example:  I  am  researching  apartheid  in  South  Africa  because  I  want  to  learn  more  about  what  life  was  like  for  native  Africans  so  I  can  understand  what  it  took  to  overturn  this  system  of  segregation.  Direct  Question:  What  tools  and  tactics  did  native  Africans  use  to  overcome  their  situation  during  apartheid  in  South  Africa?    Step  4:  Repeat  the  Process  (Focus  and  Clarify)  (After  your  initial  research  stage,  with  more  baseline  information,  follow  these  steps  a  second  time  with  a  more  specific  focus.)  Example:    Step  1:  I  am  researching  Desmond  Tutu  and  his  followers  in  South  Africa.  Step  2:  I  am  researching  Desmond  Tutu  and  his  followers  in  South  Africa  because  I  want  to  learn  more  about  specific  people  and  their  lives  during  apartheid.  Step  3:  I  am  researching  Desmond  Tutu  and  his  followers  in  South  Africa  because  I  want  to  learn  more  about  specific  people  and  their  lives  during  apartheid  so  I  can  better  understand  what  they  had  to  endure  and  the  choices  they  had  to  make  in  order  to  change  the  system  of  segregation.  Direct  Question:  What  tools  and  tactics  did  Desmond  Tutu  and  his  followers  use  to  overcome  apartheid  and  at  what  cost?  

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