Why write a Research Question?

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Why write a Research Question?

  1. 1. Why write a  Research Question? A focused question provides structure to the search for information.   A well crafted research question helps avoid aimless searching & wasted time.
  2. 2. Start with a general topic   Dogs Michigan Middle school students Then ask ...         What do I want to know about     this topic?
  3. 3. Use &quot;question words&quot; <ul><li>WHY </li></ul><ul><li>HOW </li></ul><ul><li>WHO </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT </li></ul><ul><li>WHERE </li></ul><ul><li>WHEN </li></ul>
  4. 4. Four Types of Questions <ul><li>Yes - No question - this type of question elicits a &quot;yes&quot; or a &quot;no&quot; answer. For example, if the question was &quot;Do you work at Trenton Public Schools&quot;, you would all answer &quot;yes.&quot;  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Inch question (also called the &quot; hand &quot; question for Kindergarten and First Grade students, and &quot; recall &quot; question for middle and high school students) - an inch question requires a one-word answer and generally little research. Usually the answer can be found in one source. Examples of a one-inch question are: &quot;How many states make up the United States?&quot; or How long is the Mississippi River?&quot;  </li></ul>
  5. 5. Four Types of Questions (Continued) <ul><li>Foot question (also called the &quot; elbow &quot; question for Kindergarten and First Grade students, and &quot; comprehension &quot; question for middle and high school students) - a foot question requires students to read a passage, a page or several pages and come up with an answer to the question using their own words. Examples of a foot question are: &quot;How did the original 13 colonies become the United States?&quot; , &quot;How was the Mississippi delta formed?&quot; </li></ul>
  6. 6. Four Types of Questions (Continued) <ul><li>Yard question (also called the &quot; arm &quot; question for Kindergarten and First Grade students, and &quot; synthesis &quot; question for middle and high school students) - a yard question requires students to look for the answer in a variety of sources, synthesize that information, and draw their own conclusions. Examples of a yard question are: &quot;How does Hawaii's location and climate affect its economy?&quot; , &quot;If George Washington had not been our first president, how might our history have been different?&quot;  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Complete lesson plan including the Four Types of Questions can be accessed at: http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/21stcent/lgener.html Developing Different Types of Questions was created by Sharon Sutton </li></ul>
  7. 7. Four Types of Questions (Continued) <ul><li>&quot;Foot&quot; - Comprehension  </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Yard&quot; - Synthesis </li></ul><ul><li>Better choices  </li></ul><ul><li>for most Middle School & High School research projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Compelling research questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow students to be engaged & challenged </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involve higher level skills - organizing, reasoning, descernment, creativity, independence, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What makes a good research question? <ul><ul><li>Is it interesting? --- to you or others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it research-able? --- can information be found or generated to answer the question? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it significant? --- to you or others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it manageable? ---not too broad or too narrow </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Some examples: <ul><li>Dogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Which dog breeds make the best family pets? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What characteristics make good seeing-eye dogs? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can I choose a puppy that will be a good hunting dog? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Michigan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where are top vacation spots in Michigan and why do people visit them? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are some alternative methods for funding public schools? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who are three of the most significant people in Michigan's history? </li></ul></ul>

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