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Writing Good Research Questions NHS 2013

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Adele Raemer

on 7 December 2013

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Transcript of Writing Good Research Questions NHS 2013

Great research
good questions!
starts with
Choose a Topic
What do you want to know about?
What do you already know about it?
Read about it.
Find a book,
an encyclopedia,
or a website.
Look at the main issues
to see what you want
to learn more about.
?
Then,
ask a question
about it
"Skinny"questions
that have simple answers,
can be answered in one word or sentence
and often begin with
?
HOW MANY?
WHO?
WHERE?
WHEN?
?
?
?
are not good research questions.
"Fat"Questions
that cannot be answered in one sentence,
make you think of other questions,
and often begin with
?
HOW?
WHY?
WHICH?
?
?
?
?
SOMETIMES
The answer to a
skinny question
leads to a
fat question:
Which state has the largest population?
California.
SKINNY
What is the connection between California's
geography and industry, and the size of its population?
GOOD QUESTION!
Change SKINNY questions
into FAT questions
by replacing...
It's all about the questions,
because...
are good research questions!
?
WHEN?
WHO?
HOW MANY?
?
WHERE?
?
with
?
?
WHICH?
HOW does x influence y?
?
?
WHY?
?
AVOID...
...questions that
can't be answered:
Who made the first cave painting?
...or opinion questions:
What is the tastiest
breakfast cereal?
But the BEST RESEARCH QUESTIONS (and the easiest to work with)
are the ones that include the words:
"What is the connection between...."

OR

"How did X influence Y?...."
They look at the connection between 2 things, or the influence one thing has on another.
WH- Question:
Why do people in different climates wear different kinds of clothing?

Research Question:
What is the connection between the clothing people wear and the climate they live in?



WH- Question:
Why do people in different areas eat different foods?

Research Question:
What is the connection between the areas that people live in and the food they eat?

WH- Question:
Why do white bears live in the North Pole?

Research Question:
What is the connection between the color of an animal and where it lives?


WH- Question:
Why did weapons develop?

Research Question:
What was the influence of the discovery of materials and the development of weapons?

WH- Question
What scientific discoveries came about by chance?

Research Question:
What was the influence of scientific discoveries that come about by mistake and further scientific development?
What is the connection between X and Y?
What?
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