Introduce research questions and why it is important to have a question in mind before beginning research.
Explain how to pick a research question based on personal interests.
Explain how to pick a research question based on finding gaps.
Explain how to pick a research question that is relevant and not overdone.
This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how to prepare to write a paper and who is confused about how to develop an appropriate research question. It will explain strategies for choosing a research question.
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When considering a research question, your best bet is to pick a question that you are interested in. Why? Because researching a topic take a lot of time, reading, energy, and research, and if you are not interested, you will probably discover yourself getting frustrated or bored with the process.
How do you pick a topic based on personal interest?
1. Start by listing things you are interested in or care about.
2. Examine these topics to see which one, or aspect of one, can be researched. Usually the topics that best fit researchability are those on which you can take a stand, dicuss or debate different aspects. With this in mind, list all the question that you'd like answered for one or two of the topic
3. Pick the best question. You are looking for a question that interests you and one that is not too narrow or too broad.
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Gap-spotting is the art of noticing what the current information is not revealing about a certain topic, of finding the elements of a topic that have not yet been studied, or closely studied, despite their relevance.
To conduct gap-spotting, there are three main steps:
Jörgen Sandberg and Mats Alvesson in their 2010 article "Ways of constructing research questions: gap-spotting or problematization?" confirm, "The most common way across paradigmatic camps is to spot various ‘gaps’ in the literature and, based on that, to formulate specific research questions." However their research recommends moving beyond gap-spotting to challenging the assumptions in the current literature on a subject and forming a research question to argue if the assumption holds.
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