Writing your research questions

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Writing your research questions

  1. 1. Writing Your Research Questions: A look into a possibly changing future
  2. 2. Research Questions <ul><li>Guide now and will guide your inquiry </li></ul><ul><li>May change as your understanding of the topic changes </li></ul><ul><li>May change as you analyze your data </li></ul>
  3. 3. Focus your RQs on: <ul><li>Exploring impact </li></ul><ul><li>Deep understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Gathering participants’ perceptions </li></ul><ul><li>Openness </li></ul><ul><li>Not proving </li></ul><ul><li>Not measuring </li></ul><ul><li>Not strong hypotheses </li></ul>
  4. 4. Examples of Problematic RQs: <ul><li>What is the best way to teach ELLs oral skills? </li></ul><ul><li>(This question requires extensive research of studies already done. Population? Context?) </li></ul><ul><li>What can we do to teach English to students effectively? </li></ul><ul><li>(This question can be addressed in Implications for Instruction. Context? Population?) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Examples of Effective RQs <ul><li>What are the characteristics of oral English language instruction provided to 10 th -grade ELLs at a public school? </li></ul><ul><li>(This question requires thick description and may provide a range of findings) </li></ul><ul><li>What is the impact of explicit writing-strategy instruction for a group of 5 th -grade public school ELLs ? </li></ul><ul><li>(This question implies that the project includes an instructional design, and that the researchers will examine the students’ response to the lessons) </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>What kind of knowledge and understanding does it take to design English instruction that targets public school 4 th -graders’ learning styles? </li></ul><ul><li>(This question inquires for a reflection from the researchers around their instructional design) </li></ul><ul><li>What characterizes the instructional contexts where students respond positively/negatively to the English instruction? </li></ul><ul><li>(This question requires description of contexts where instruction occurs and the attention to the students reactions to the instruction) </li></ul>

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