Finding research question

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Course held in Beira, Mozambique, in Sep/Oct 2011

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Finding research question

  1. 1. Finding a research question… Christian Spannagel University of Education Heidelberg [email_address] http://cspannagel.wordpress.com
  2. 2. Wrong way data question??
  3. 3. Better question data answer method analysis ????
  4. 4. Finding a research question… question theme personal interests and experiences literature and theory
  5. 5. Example 1: Paul Paul interests experiences context teaching algebra teaching methods calculating with fractions is difficult Individual differences are challenging geometry teacher secondary school How can students be supported learning to calculcate with fractions?
  6. 6. Example 1: Paul How can students be supported learning to calculcate with fractions? Literature review Visual / verbal learners? Using enactive models? Worked examples? Can visual learners be supported by images of fractions?
  7. 7. Example 1: Paul How can students be supported learning to calculcate with fractions? Can visual learners be supported by images of fractions? Theme: Learning how to calculate with fractions – Visual support for visual learners Method: Experiment
  8. 8. Example 2: Anne Anne interests experiences context computer biology teachers do not cooperate in her school Students and productive use of computers statistics teacher 30 new laptops in her school How can laptops be established in her school? … for mathematics? … and biology? How can laptops be established in her school, especially for interdisciplinary projects?
  9. 9. Example 2: Anne Literature review Computers in schools… Interdisciplinary learning statistics education How can laptops be established in her school, especially for interdisciplinary projects?
  10. 10. Example 2: Anne Theme: Interdisciplinary projects with computers in a Mozambican secondary school – an action research project Developing and testing concept Methods: Questionnaires for - students - teachers How can laptops be established in her school, especially for interdisciplinary projects?
  11. 11. Finding a research question… Personal interests Literature review Research Question Two parallel ideas? Throwing an idea away, beginning from scratch…
  12. 12. And now… interests experiences context  Research Question (first idea)

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