April 06, 2020
In this webinar we have been discussing that the research questions are amongst the last things to be written up in your thesis. Though research questions are likewise one of the starting points of the research journey.
The nature of the questions is however entirely different. Through the research journey the questions change. Initial questions are more geared towards understanding what is happening. Why is A happening once I do B? What is the exact problem here? What is broke and not as it is expected to be? The questions are therefore of an explorative nature. As the research progresses and as data becomes available, the nature of the questions than take on a more explanatory nature: What are the questions that this research has answered? How do the questions relate to each other? And are there overarching themes and patterns that could be derived from such questions?
As shown through this webinar; question framing is a skill in itself that needs to be trained, as much as the questioning of questions should be trained. This webinar therefore discussed the importance of learning how to spot faulty questions, how to analyse a question / purpose match, or to understand the difference in between questions that are geared towards the examination of problems, and those that just gamble for a random solutions.
Finally, the webinar also brought up some light on what Cheese, Wine and Rubbish have in common and as pictured below.
A recording of the webinar as well as the full slide set is available to registered users here. To those that have some follow up questions, be welcome to post them at the Webinar’s Message Board and we will get back to you.