SOC234 2018 Lab1 – South West Sydney

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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Posted in SOC234 - Social Research methods, UOW.

2 Comments on SOC234 2018 Lab1 – South West Sydney

Kiara said : Guest Report 12 months ago

Research is used in our society and in academic learning. It examines how theories, research and knowledge are used as a social tool as well as, how it is used in gathering the information which allows us to have a much more in-depth understanding of the many qualities which are defined by a mere theory or opinion set by an individual. (Ezzy, D 2010) For an individual to be able to process the research, it would allow them to understand the importance of having a clear research question whilst comparing the differences between what makes a good research question and a bad research question. As said in the lecture, Research is formalized by curiosity. They are theories that are formed by the mind of an individual and is further developed through careful and detailed study. It is used as a function to test a theory, allowing the researchers to develop and identify a phenomenon and discover its characteristics through the use of evidence. (Vic. R, Patulny 2018) But what makes a good research question and a bad research question? Research questions are basically used to test a hypothesis, guiding people to construct logical arguments for their research. A good research question is made up of concise and arguable theories that allow an individual to understand and test its many layers of study. It should provide the researcher with many opinions and views about the topic, enabling them to learn more about it to a much greater extent. A bad research question can be answered easily without the need to gather information more thoroughly or comprehensively. Bad research questions can also be answered purely by opinions instead of hard evidence. (Vic. R, Patulny 2018) #S234UOW18 #Thu830 References: Ezzy, D 2010, ‘The research process’, in M Walter (ed.), Social Research Methods, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic., pp66, Vic. R, Patulny, (2018) ‘Introduction – Social Research and Social Questions,’ SOC234, University of Wollongong, viewed 08/03/2018. S, Amin, 2017

elisabeth mcilwain said : Guest Report 12 months ago

'what makes a good and bad research question?' to find the perfect balance when writing research questions, it would be ideal to think 'when is each question is needed in the process of the research?' to have a broad and quite open ended question is a good starting point to get a basic grasp on what you are wanting to take a further interest in. after the use of a vague question to start it becomes easier to narrow down and find specifics within the topic/broad question. in creating a specific question makes it easier find out where the question sits between qualitative and quantitative data/research as well as where it sits in the area of theoretical paradigms and which are the closest to the type of research needed in answering the question. when narrowing down into a more specific and pin point question the research needed to answer the question will become personalised to specifics within the question.

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