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Research Starts With A Question


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