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Research questions

Research is about asking questions and finding answers.

  • What are your research questions?
  • What are the over-arching questions?
  • What are the specific questions (i.e., what do you have to do to answer the over-arching question?)

The research questions can be:

  • in the form of questions to be answered - e.g.

    "What is the relationship between parental occupations and daughters' vocational choice?"

  • specific hypotheses to be tested using populations and / or variables
Researchable questions almost invariably involve the relationship between two or more variables, phenomena, concepts, or ideas.

You may be in a doctoral program where your research question is predetermined. Or, you may be in a faculty where you have to define your own research topic and develop your own questions.

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