Chapter 9 Research Questions - Coggle Diagram
Chapter 9 Research Questions
What is RQ?
the methodological point of departure of scholarly research in both the natural sciences & humanities
the research question states clearly what the study will investigate or attempt to prove
the research questions is a logical statement that progresses from what is known or believed to be true to that is unknown and requires validation
the research question must be accurate and clearly defined
choosing a research question is the central element of both quantitative and qualitative research and in some cases it may precede construction of the conceptual framework of study.
Steps to formulate the strong research question
a good first step in research is to formulate a research question
there are 10 things to ask yourself in order to develop (refer to textbook)
Developing a research question
a. A good question is when looking for a question, you want to ensure that it:
is something about what you are very interested at
is not a question that has already been answered
is something that is possible to answer with the time and resources at your disposal
is balanced and without bias
is grounded in one or more existing fields or disciplines
point towards clear and focused argument and action
is something that others will also find interesting
b. So what? - a simple test is to always is 'so what' to any questions.
c. Reflect on it - see what others say because others will have a fresh perspective and may spot things you have not thought about.
d. The buzz test - a good test of a research question is whether it gives you a buzz of excitement
e. The reality test - there are 4 reality question you can ask
f. Evaluate your own research question - there are 8 questions to evaluate the quality of your research question and the ease with which you should be able to answer it.