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Critical Research Question Help


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Critical Research Question Help

  1. 1. Critical Research Study <ul><li>Research questions guidance </li></ul>
  2. 2. What makes a good research question? <ul><li>It should be about a topic that interests you </li></ul><ul><li>Consider how topical your subject is </li></ul><ul><li>Consider access to information </li></ul>
  3. 3. How do I formulate my research question? <ul><li>Will it facilitate an address to the four key concepts? (Representation, Institutions, Audience and forms & conventions) </li></ul><ul><li>Is there enough scope for an interesting debate? </li></ul>
  4. 4. What should I avoid? <ul><li>Closed questions </li></ul><ul><li>An question that enters into the ‘effects debate’ i.e. violent videogames make violent children </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is essential? <ul><li>A question that allows for the processes of analysis and interpretation of data and information </li></ul><ul><li>A general, open question that allows for a full and detailed research study </li></ul><ul><li>A question that allows for sub-questions (a general question with linked focused questions) </li></ul><ul><li>Be clear about what you are trying to find out </li></ul>
  6. 6. Once I have my question, what next? <ul><li>Are you clear about the essence of your research? </li></ul><ul><li>Do my sub-questions link to my general question? </li></ul><ul><li>Are my questions coherent? </li></ul><ul><li>Do my questions allow for the use of a variety of research methodologies? </li></ul><ul><li>Do my research questions make possible intellectually interesting answers? </li></ul><ul><li>Are my questions original and worth asking? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Final tips <ul><li>A good research question can make the difference between a good grade and an average grade! </li></ul><ul><li>Choose carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Put time and thought into the formulation of your question </li></ul>
  8. 8. Questions to ask <ul><li>What information (data sources) do you need in order to answer your question? </li></ul><ul><li>How are you going to access these? </li></ul><ul><li>What use of secondary research does this question allow? </li></ul><ul><li>What use of primary research does this question allow? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the question allow for an address to the 4 key concepts (Audience, Institutions, Representation, Forms & Conventions)? </li></ul><ul><li>Does your question lend itself to the use of a case study? </li></ul><ul><li>Is your question specific enough? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there scope for in-depth research? </li></ul>