CHOOSING A GOOD RESEARCH TOPIC Raffles Institution Year 1 Research Education
OVERVIEW OF THE RESEARCH PROCESS Topic Identification Choosing a Research Topic (Assignment 1) Methodology Social Survey (Assignment 2) Interview (Assignment 3) Data Analysis & Interpretation Report Writing (Assignment 4)
HOW TO BRING OUT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF A TOPIC? (cont’)
4. Explain the implications of your project work for society, community, and/or certain groups of people Eg Through reading your research project, parents and teachers may have a better understanding of why teenagers spend a lot of their time on Facebook and how parents and teachers can help them to curb their addiction
When considering the scope of the topic, you have to consider its:
Feasibility , i.e. does your topic lend itself well to conducting a survey of at least 20 people, or conducting an interview? If your project involves proposing some solutions to a problem, are your solutions cost efficient and easy to implement?
Manageability , i.e. does the group have enough time and resources to undertake this project work?
Accessibility , i.e. does the group have access to relevant literature and data?
Is significant , i.e. good reason to examine the topic
Is feasible , information is accessible and the project is manageable
Has available literature on the topic
Assignment 1 Preliminary Ideas (PI) Source: Project Works Vol. 1, pg 55 COMPONENTS OF A PI ELEMENTS OF A GOOD PI Choice of topic Interest in the topic Meets the task requirements . Focus the topic Reasons for the choice of topic Reason brings out the significance of the topic Assessment of the Feasibility, Manageability and Accessibility of the required information Topic is feasible , information is accessible and the project manageable . There is available literature on the topic.