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Writing Research Questions: Purpose & Examples

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Which of the following is NOT a reason why formulating a research question is one of the first steps in a research project?

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1. A student is writing a research question. What should his/her first step be?

2. Your research question is: 'What is the effect of television viewing on Americans?' What is the PROBABLE reason that this question would need some revision.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A good research question is the ground that the rest of your research project is built upon. Use this quiz and worksheet combo to test your knowledge of the steps required to write a solid research question for your project.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment, you will be tested on:

  • Purpose of carefully crafting a research question
  • The first step involved in creating a substantial research question
  • Qualities of a good research question
  • Pitfalls to avoid when writing a research question

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you understand the most important information about writing effective research questions
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the purpose of a research question
  • Distinguishing differences- recognize and compare the qualities of a good research question to weaknesses inherent in a bad question

Additional Learning

Review the lesson entitled Writing Research Questions: Purpose & Examples to learn more about how to create a research question that will provide a sturdy, solid grounding for the rest of your research project. The lesson addresses the following objectives:

  • Define research question
  • Analyze the process of creating a research question and examine an example
  • Differentiate between strong and weak research questions
  • Understand why a well-constructed research question is so important
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