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What Are the Characteristics of a Good Hypothesis?

What Are the Characteristics of a Good Hypothesis?

A well-written and well-thought-out hypothesis can make all the difference between a successful and unsuccessful research effort. This is primarily because a well-written hypothesis reflects a well-conceived research project based on an adequate review of the literature and a logical proposition about the relationship between variables.

Here is a summary of the characteristics of a good hypothesis.

First, a good hypothesis is stated in declarative form and not as a question. For example, “Are retention rates for first-year students at state universities low because students run out of money?” could, with some review of the literature, become, “Retention rates for first-year students at state universities are lower than the average because students cannot afford to return for the ...

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