SOC234 2018 Lab1 – Shoalhaven

Dear SOC234 Lab,

Please respond to the following question with a reply-post of no more than 250 words:

‘What makes a good and bad research question?”

Remember that you will need to post your reply before Lab 1, and don’t forget to look at both the instructions for Tweeting and Blogging and the Lab and Lecture Guide, both up on Moodle.

Thanks and good luck, Roger.

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3 Comments on SOC234 2018 Lab1 – Shoalhaven

Rebecca Taylor said : Guest Report 9 months ago

A strong research question forms the basis for the entire research design, i.e. the aim, outcomes, methods and results (Natalier 2013, p. 26). If the question is poorly designed, then the results will not be useful for future sociological research. Research questions that are formulated with a key idea in mind can have the impact of generating new theories and concepts. They can assist in enhancing our understanding of social phenomena and contribute to identifying problems that we face in society (Natalier 2013, p. 26). The first question you should asked is ‘Is the research topic of interest to yourself and others?’. This can be answered through the key components of research design: what your topic area should be, how it fits within a social paradigm(s)/theoretical concept(s), conducting a thorough literature review for identification of existing gaps and what are the limitations in existing knowledge (Natalier 2013, p. 27). Conversely, a weak designed research question can be a costly and time-consuming undertaking. If the question is ambiguous and vague, then the results will be distorted and of no use to further research. Some of the ways to avoid creating a poor research question are: taking your time with the formulation of the research question through a critical and creative process, avoid making it overly complicated and long, and ensure that research question informs the methods not the other way around (Natelier 2013, p.28). The more focused the question is, the richer the empirical data gathered from it will be. #S234UOW18 #Lab1 #Shoal

T'lia Rae said : Guest Report 9 months ago

A good research question is consisted of a clear, relevant and focused idea or issue while being specific with the findings. To be able to have a clear and relevant research question, it is important to focus on what it is that you want to prove, and what point it is that you initially want to get across; while it not being too narrow (including facts helps with making this question focused). It is important to be able to think of examples and be able to use theoretical paradigms in order for it to conclude as a ‘good’ research question. It is also important to think of a clear questions to state a major aim of research needed in order to produce clear key ideas that the research will seek to investigate and identify any key concepts (Patulny, 2018, Lecture 1). On the other hand, a bad research question can include the question being too broad and off topic, including not coming to a final point of interest. If your question is not of interest to yourself, it can make the research needed, hard for yourself; this becoming a basic example of a ‘bad’ research question. It is important to have an interest when preparing a research question. #S234UOW18 #Lab1 #Shoal

Amy Angeloska said : Guest Report 9 months ago

SOC234 Lab 1 – Shoalhaven What makes a good and bad research question? A research question is a guide and the centre of your research it is used to identify the main aim of the study and to specify and explain key concepts and ideas (Patulny, 2018). A good research question should be clear and focused, as well as having multiple good sources to refer too. Within the topic you need to have something dynamic going on inside, theoretical paradigms are something that should be incorporated within the question. Having a clear aim and topic allows the audience to know exactly what you are trying to achieve and conveys a clear understanding. Whereas a bad research question would be the opposite, the question would not be clear and show clear understandings of aims and concepts. It would not engage the audience if it is broad, that is why it is important for it to be focused. If a research question were too narrow it would then be hard to gather a reasonable amount of results and information on the topic, which will make it difficult to draw reasonable conclusions (Patulny, 2018). Patulny, R, 2018, Lecture 1 Introduction. PowerPoint. Social Research Methods SOC234. University of Wollongong. 26/02/18. #S234UOW18 #Lab1 #Shoal

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