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Focusing the Research Question: Doing a lot with a little Workable Research Questions • Table 6.1: • Answerability— asking the right question should point you to where you will find the right answer • Interconnectedness—the how and what and why questions are interconnected • Substantively Relevant • Research Topic (Silverman, pg. 83): – Always keep an eye out for researchable questions – Take advantage of opportunities – Be flexible Role of Research Question (83, 6.2) • Organize the project and give it direction and coherence • Delimit the project • Keep the researcher focused • Provide a framework for your write-up • Point to methods and data that will be needed Good & Bad Questions Bad Questions Good Questions What are the factors? How or why did X Develop? What is the effectiveness of X according to How do people respond to X? certain fixed indicators? What are the factors, processes, and How do people experience X? sources of X? What causes X? What is going on here? Quantitative= correlated Qualitative= relationship between more than 2 variables. Lit Review Questions • Where does the study fit in relation to the relevant literature? • What is the connection to that literature? • How will your research m
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