May 19, 2018
Dr Ana Faria led a webinar on Formulating Research Questions, on Saturday, 19th May. Time zones ranged from 7pm UK and 8pm South Africa time through to 2am Singapore and 4am Australian time. This global participation saw some great discussions around what constitutes a good research question, and solution v’s open-minded research. Dr Faria provides a number of practical examples to discuss and concluded with her PhD development from her original to final research question/s. Having the visual of the transition aided understanding of the process involved.
We need to take our mindset away from business reporting that is solution focused, to the curiosity of research that opens up our thinking as we explore and mature as scholar-practitioners.
Acknowledging that good research questions are focused, specific, complex, analytical and un-biased … and of course researchable, not a simple yes/no question, measurable, and methodologically feasible. Having a clear relationship between the problem (statement), research question, and outcome (expectation) provides clear understanding of the underlying complexity. Only then do you have the basis of a good research question to work with.
Following is a sample of the slides from the webinar. The full slide set is available here.
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