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Formulating research questions

  1. 1. Developing Your Research Question I know what general area, but I’m not sure of my research question? O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage. Chapter Three
  2. 2. The Importance of Good Questions <ul><li>A good research question: </li></ul><ul><li>Defines the investigation </li></ul><ul><li>Sets boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>Provides direction </li></ul>O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage. Chapter Three
  3. 3. Defining Your Topic <ul><li>If you are finding it a challenge to generate a research topic you can: </li></ul><ul><li>Develop ‘right brain’ skills such as concept mapping </li></ul>O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage. Chapter Three
  4. 4. Concept Map of Potential Research Topics O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage. Chapter Three
  5. 5. From Interesting Topics to Researchable Questions <ul><li>An ‘angle’ for your research can come from insights stemming from: </li></ul><ul><li>personal experience </li></ul><ul><li>theory </li></ul><ul><li>observations </li></ul><ul><li>contemporary issues </li></ul><ul><li>engagement with the literature </li></ul>O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage. Chapter Three
  6. 6. Narrowing and Clarifying <ul><li>Narrowing, clarifying, and even redefining your questions is essential to the research process. </li></ul><ul><li>Forming the right ‘questions’ should be seen as an iterative process that is informed by reading and doing at all stages. </li></ul>O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage. Chapter Three
  7. 7. Cycles of Research Question Development O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage. Chapter Three
  8. 8. Good Question Checklist <ul><li>Is the question right for me? </li></ul><ul><li>Will the question hold my interest? </li></ul><ul><li>Can I manage any potential biases/subjectivities I may have? </li></ul>O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage. Chapter Three
  9. 9. Good Question Checklist <ul><li>  Is the question right for the field? </li></ul><ul><li>Will the findings be considered significant? </li></ul><ul><li>Will it make a contribution? </li></ul>O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage. Chapter Three
  10. 10. Good Question Checklist <ul><li>Is the question well articulated? </li></ul><ul><li>Are the terms well-defined? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there any unchecked assumptions ? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage. Chapter Three
  11. 11. Good Question Checklist <ul><li>Is the question doable? </li></ul><ul><li>Can information be collected in an attempt to answer the question? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I have the skills and expertise necessary to access this information? If not, can the skills be developed? </li></ul><ul><li>Will I be able to get it all done within my time constraints? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage. Chapter Three
  12. 12. Good Question Checklist <ul><li>Does the question get the tick of approval from those in the know? </li></ul><ul><li>Does my supervisor think I am on the right track? </li></ul><ul><li>Do ‘experts’ in the field think my question is relevant/ important/ doable? </li></ul>O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage. Chapter Three

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