June 05, 2019
On Saturday, 1st June 2019, we ran another in our webinar series. This one being on ‘Issues Identification, Problematization and Research Question Framing’. The webinar topic was purposefully selected to coincide with the first week of our Advanced Training Course on the same subject.
Problematizing and articulating your underlying research problem, how to subsequently derive the corresponding research questions and ensure these are actionable, are all crucial skills that need to be trained thoroughly. Unfortunately, however, we often see students hastily jump into ‘doing research’, or at least ‘doing something’ that they consider ‘being research’. They are quick to randomly select a method, draw up questions (without really knowing why they need to ask those questions and not others), and then proceed to ask those questions to whomever they consider of relevance (without a clear understanding about relevance ‘to what’?) in ‘exploring a solution’ to their problem (while still not knowing what the actual problem is). As data is collected and analysis starts, the student then starts struggling to make sense of ‘all of this’ (and likely their supervisor’s feedback that doesn’t seem to match with what they have been doing…).
Now, to be fair, such a bias towards action and solutions is not limited to research, but something well ingrained into our lives as both managers and individuals, and as pictured by Tanmay Vora in his #Sketchnote on “Why Organizations Don’t Learn?”.
It is exactly for this motivation and to support students to overcome such action and solution geared biases, that we developed this advanced training course and supportive introductory webinar on ‘Issues Identification, Problematization and Research Question Framing’.
Therefore the webinar looked into matters such as understanding the difference between a problem as such, and a problem to you; or how to frame research questions in a way that they explore a problem instead of working towards random solutions. These skills are essential across a broad number of stages; including crafting a research plan, executing your research, or during the writing of your thesis and in communicating your research findings.
Following is a sample of the slides from the webinar for reference. Those attending the webinar received a full set via email.
The full slide deck is also available at the Peers4Progress class room, which provides you with a meeting place to support ongoing discussions, and collect and share resources. PLEASE NOTE: to access Peers4Progress, you will need to LOG-IN to the training space and then self-enroll at the Peers4Progress board. For newcomers to the training space: you can create an account free of charge – follow this link to create your account
For those that want to learn more about ‘Issues Identification, Problematization and Research Question Framing’, be it as part of our advanced courses, through mentoring or coaching, or at one of our workshops or residencies, then please reach out to us!
The next webinar will be held at 12noon (UK/GMT time) on 29th June 2019, covering ‘Stop speaking through the literature: engaging in critical analytics’. Register here for this next or one of the upcoming webinars and advanced courses.