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The Value of a Great Research Question

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What do you want to know? What do you think is interesting? Do you have a research project? Now is your time to SHINE! ...

What do you want to know? What do you think is interesting? Do you have a research project? Now is your time to SHINE!

A good research question is essential to making a research project manageable. It guides your as you look for sources and information. It guides your writing. A great research project begins with a great and fun question.

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    • Research Questions ©2013 William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All Rights Reserved www.breitlinks.com All good research begins with a workable research question: • Clear • Focused • Concise • Researchable
    • The Question is Essential ©2013 William P. Breitsprecher & BreitLinks. All Rights Reserved www.breitlinks.com • Creates path for research process • Guides writing • Avoids overwhelming “all about” project • Supports specific topic/thesis • Keeps project manageable
    • Tips ‘N Tricks • Choose interesting general topic • Do preliminary or pre-research on general topic • Consider audience (school papers are for your TEACHER!) • Ask yourself open-ended questions (especially “how” and “why”) • Evaluate your choice of question
    • Pre-Research • Double-check what you know • Learn what you don’t understand • This is ONLY place where a WIKI may be helpful • Most teachers will not accept WIKI as a source • You’re writing for your TEACHER! • General understanding guides topic choice • Guides formation of research question
    • Know Your Audience • Three rules to good writing: – Know your audience – Know your audience – Know your audience • School papers are for audience of 1 – YOUR TEACHER • Work with them – they want to help • We will guide you to success • Please let us help you be a Super Star!
    • Open-Ended Questions • Research question cannot be closed-ended, limiting scope of research • Research question must allow substance and detail • “How” and “why” works best • What would YOU want to know? • Make research meaningful and fun • Sound confusing? Ask for help
    • Examples • What was Milwaukee’s high school drop-out rate in 2010? • Too specific (closed-ended) • What can we do to keep high school students in school? • Too general (“all about”) • Does community building and involvement help students succeed in school? • Just right -- clear, focused, concise, and researchable
    • Reflect & Evaluate • Is question clear? • Is it focused? • Can you reasonably find information to answer research question? • Does it leave room for analysis? • Does research question create a path for research & writing process? • Not sure? Ask us for help!
    • What Do YOU Think? • If you could imagine a new class that you would want to take in school, what would it be? • That may be a great general topic! • Do some pre-research • Ask “why” or “how” • Is question answerable? Are you ready to find resources on your topic?