One of the most important decisions a researcher will make is deciding on a question that will be examined in the research process. This can be a very difficult decision because there can be many questions a researcher wants and needs to address. Good supervision will guide a researcher to a focused area of study that can lead to a focal question. The debate continues on whether this focus should be singular or plural, and the decision can be influenced by the subject of study and various quantitative or qualitative methodologies employed. John Creswell has suggested that before searching the literature, a researcher should identify a topic, using such strategies as drafting a brief title or stating a central research question. Researchers need to be ...
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