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Developing a Researchable Question

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  • Introduction

    This stage will:

    • Explain how to develop your research question
    • Provide an overview of different types of research questions
    • Help you decide if your research question is suitable

    The objective of social research should be to discover something new about the social world. To achieve this you need a research question and you need to develop one (or a set of questions) which is researchable, in practice.

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  • How Do I Develop a Research Question?
  • When Will I Know What My Research Question Is?
  • How Do I Know if My Research Question Is Suitable?
  • Types of Research Questions: Why? When? Who? How? Where?
  • What Do You Want Your Research to Tell You About the World?
  • What Kinds of Change Can My Research Identify?
  • How Can My Research Explore and Explain?
  • How Can My Research Evaluate?
  • Checklist: What Makes a Researchable Question?
Next Stage: Research Design
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