Research Starts With a Question ( You have to know what your looking for) Judith Parker OTD, EdS, OTR/L, FAOTA Nova Southe...
Why am I here today? <ul><li>Nationally only 44% of people who start a PhD program complete it. </li></ul>
Why? <ul><li>They never complete their dissertation. </li></ul>
Why? <ul><li>Because they never developed a question that they could answer. </li></ul>
<ul><li>“If we knew what we were doing, to wouldn’t be called research” </li></ul><ul><li>Albert Einstein </li></ul>
Framing a question <ul><li>Don’t pretend to know what you are doing or how your are going to do it-just make it doable. </...
Finding a question <ul><li>Find a question that intrigues you </li></ul><ul><li>Find something you enjoy and want to explo...
Most important-KISS it <ul><li>Keep </li></ul><ul><li>It </li></ul><ul><li>Simple  </li></ul><ul><li>Stupid </li></ul>
Who invented the cotton gin?
How can we separate cotton from the waste faster and easier? <ul><li>Eli Whitney </li></ul><ul><li>Revolutionized the cott...
Where can I look to find a good question? <ul><li>Theories </li></ul><ul><li>Personal experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Previo...
Theory <ul><li>Most meaningful source for problems </li></ul><ul><li>An organized group of concepts, generalizations and p...
Personal Experiences <ul><li>Something that intrigues a person </li></ul><ul><li>Why does this happen? </li></ul><ul><li>W...
Studies that can be replicated <ul><li>A study that was done previously </li></ul><ul><li>When replicated not exactly the ...
Library Searches <ul><li>Read, read, read </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the literature and see if something is interesting or ...
Honing a topic <ul><li>Once a topic is identified it is critical to narrow it down </li></ul><ul><li>This is the point tha...
Characteristics of a good topic <ul><li>Topic is interesting </li></ul><ul><li>Topic is researchable </li></ul><ul><li>Top...
Evaluate your resources <ul><li>Do you have the skills </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have the resources </li></ul><ul><li>Do yo...
Questions <ul><li>Keep asking them </li></ul><ul><li>Keep enjoying them </li></ul><ul><li>Keep exploring </li></ul><ul><li...
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Research Starts With A Question

  1. 1. Research Starts With a Question ( You have to know what your looking for) Judith Parker OTD, EdS, OTR/L, FAOTA Nova Southeastern University April 23, 2008
  2. 2. Why am I here today? <ul><li>Nationally only 44% of people who start a PhD program complete it. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why? <ul><li>They never complete their dissertation. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why? <ul><li>Because they never developed a question that they could answer. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>“If we knew what we were doing, to wouldn’t be called research” </li></ul><ul><li>Albert Einstein </li></ul>
  6. 6. Framing a question <ul><li>Don’t pretend to know what you are doing or how your are going to do it-just make it doable. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Finding a question <ul><li>Find a question that intrigues you </li></ul><ul><li>Find something you enjoy and want to explore further </li></ul><ul><li>Find something that you would like to be known for </li></ul>
  8. 8. Most important-KISS it <ul><li>Keep </li></ul><ul><li>It </li></ul><ul><li>Simple </li></ul><ul><li>Stupid </li></ul>
  9. 9. Who invented the cotton gin?
  10. 10. How can we separate cotton from the waste faster and easier? <ul><li>Eli Whitney </li></ul><ul><li>Revolutionized the cotton industry </li></ul><ul><li>Whitney designed and constructed the cotton gin, a machine that automated the separation of cottonseed from the short-staple cotton fiber. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Where can I look to find a good question? <ul><li>Theories </li></ul><ul><li>Personal experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Previous studies </li></ul><ul><li>Library searches </li></ul>
  12. 12. Theory <ul><li>Most meaningful source for problems </li></ul><ul><li>An organized group of concepts, generalizations and principles </li></ul><ul><li>Researching a theory can add to the body of knowledge of a profession </li></ul><ul><li>What theories do you think would be important to research in OT? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Personal Experiences <ul><li>Something that intrigues a person </li></ul><ul><li>Why does this happen? </li></ul><ul><li>What causes that? </li></ul><ul><li>What would happen if? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Studies that can be replicated <ul><li>A study that was done previously </li></ul><ul><li>When replicated not exactly the same as the previous ones </li></ul><ul><li>May look at different population </li></ul><ul><li>May look at another variable </li></ul>
  15. 15. Library Searches <ul><li>Read, read, read </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the literature and see if something is interesting or intrigues </li></ul>
  16. 16. Honing a topic <ul><li>Once a topic is identified it is critical to narrow it down </li></ul><ul><li>This is the point that most research runs into challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Get more and more focused </li></ul>
  17. 17. Characteristics of a good topic <ul><li>Topic is interesting </li></ul><ul><li>Topic is researchable </li></ul><ul><li>Topic is significant </li></ul><ul><li>Topic is manageable </li></ul><ul><li>Topic is ethical </li></ul>
  18. 18. Evaluate your resources <ul><li>Do you have the skills </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have the resources </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have the time </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have access to the subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have a mentor </li></ul>
  19. 19. Questions <ul><li>Keep asking them </li></ul><ul><li>Keep enjoying them </li></ul><ul><li>Keep exploring </li></ul><ul><li>Keep focused </li></ul><ul><li>Keep at it until it is finished </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the excitement </li></ul>

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