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Developing a Research Question

Global Perspectives Team Project

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Developing a Research Question

  1. 1. Developing a Research Question Finding Focus within your Issue
  2. 2. Formulating well-focused research questions (RQ) Step 1 - Choose your topic area you would like to focus on based on interest, passion or pure curiosity of the group. Step 2 - Select three possible areas of study that your team would like to explore further using your mind map. • Then describe your topic of interest in one sentence: • I want to learn about _____________. Examples • I want to learn about poverty in Hong Kong. • I want to learn about recycling practices in our school • I want to learn about food quality in our school canteen
  3. 3. Formulating well-focused research questions (RQ) Step 3 - Try to describe your research by developing a sentence that specifies something about your topic. • I am studying _____because I want to find out (who, what, when, where, whether, why or how) ______. Examples: • I am studying poverty in Hong Kong because I want to find out why so many people live below the poverty line in such a developed county. • I am studying recycling practices in our school because I want to find out how we can get students to recycle more. • I am studying the food quality of our school canteen because I want to find out whether the ingredients they use are sustainable.
  4. 4. Formulating well-focused research questions (RQ) Step 4 - Convert your direct statements into direct questions: For this let us use three question starters: • To what extent…(the most popular across beginner researchers) • How (successful/crucial/reliable/significant/far)... • Why… Example I am studying recycling practices in our school because I want to find out how we can get students reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfill. To what extent are recycling practices used in a school environment in order that students effectively reduce the amount of waste going to landfill?
  5. 5. Formulating well-focused research questions (RQ) Step 5 - Evaluate your question. Now, ask yourself: 1. “Can I argue a position here?”, “Are there enough issues to explore?” This is called self-assessment and reflection. 2. “Is there a range of perspectives on this topic?” 3. “Does the Research Question allow for analysis, evaluation and the development of a reasoned argument?”
  6. 6. Formulating well-focused research questions (RQ) Step 6 – This is quality assurance stage. Restate your question using a different command term. Asking your research question in a different way might help you view your topic differently. • How does analysing… or (successful/crucial/reliable/significant/far) • To what extent… • Why …
  7. 7. Formulating well-focused research questions (RQ) Step 7 - Review with your teachers. • Is your teacher able to understand the nature of your research question and research? • Is it clear to your teacher how and why your topic is relevant to you? • Is it clear to your teacher how your research question relates to one of the 8 Global Perspectives team project topic areas?
  8. 8. Formulating well-focused research questions (RQ) Step 8 – The research begins To what extent are recycling practices used in a school environment in order that students effectively reduce the amount of waste going to landfill? Question starter. In this case it seeks to find out a degree of measurement and it will need to be discussed in during your project write up First big topic. You need find out about it and provide different ideas and perspectives on Second big topic. You need to read and find out about it and provide data and statistics to support your argument Linking verb that connects big ideas or topics. This is key as you will need to discuss it within paragraphs to provide a response What will happen when HK landfills are full? How do we persuade students to recycle? Why should we be recycling in schools? To identify areas of research within your question add ‘who, what, when, where, whether, why or how’- questions to speech bubbles around your question.

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