Developing Research Questions

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Developing Research Questions

  1. 1. Leigh Zeitz Seminar: Writing a Graduate Paper
  2. 2. <ul><li>Provide focus for your research </li></ul><ul><li>Provides reason for your review to explore a range of answers </li></ul>Flickr.com/Nadflickr
  3. 3. <ul><li>Identify your topic: </li></ul><ul><li>The ultimate effect of music-listening while studying on grades. </li></ul><ul><li>Add an interrogative pronoun to the beginning to make it a question. </li></ul><ul><li>What is the ultimate effect of music-listening while studying on grades? </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Not a Definition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What does “Flipping a class” mean? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not Yes or No </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is incorporating technology into college instruction educationally sound? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not Biased </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How can using technology in college improve instruction? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Not too wordy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What will be the effects of using technology in college classes upon students’ abilities to better comprehend the actual information that the professors are sharing? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not too wide sweeping. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the intellectual, emotional and logistical effects of incorporating technology into college instruction? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><ul><li>Topic: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technology use in colleges & universities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broad Question: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is incorporating technology into college instruction educationally sound? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How about: </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>More specific but based upon general question: </li></ul><ul><li>What are the effects of incorporating technology use in colleges & universities? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the effects on student involvement when using Twitter in a political science class? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How does social media affect the connections between teachers and students in large introductory undergraduate courses? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Technology use in colleges and universities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is learning through distance education as effective as learning in a live classroom? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do today’s faculty support the use of research using the Internet? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What methods of integrating technology into the curriculum have been demonstrated to be effective nationally? </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Write down your research topic </li></ul><ul><li>Turn your topic into a broad research question. </li></ul><ul><li>Create at least 3 sub-questions that more specifically address your topic/question. </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Identify at least 4 keywords/phrases in your question(s) and write them down. </li></ul><ul><li>Open Google Scholar and enter them individually. How many hits did it return? </li></ul><ul><li>Mix and Match your terms to refine your search. </li></ul><ul><li>Continue this process and Diigo/Don’t Print the articles that appear interesting. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Include “eits2010” as one of the tags. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Search the Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Scholar </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search UNI Library – Panther Prowler </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education category </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ERIC (US DOE and EBSCO) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ask the Reference Librarian </li></ul><ul><ul><li>273-2838 </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Interview knowledgeable people </li></ul><ul><li>Talk with your professors and colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Read related blogs and wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Follow related Twitter #hashtags </li></ul><ul><li>Join online group at Google, Classroom 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>??????? </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Technology in Colleges and Universities </li></ul>

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