Answered By: Jennifer Harris Last Updated: Jun 19, 2017 Views: 678
A research question is the question that is answered by your research. So when you are developing one, you want to ask yourself: What do you want to know about a topic? When doing research, you want to address your topic as a question for which there are no immediate answers.
Topic: video games and violence
Research Question: Does playing violent video games lead to juvenile violence?
Try these steps to formulate a research question:
- Start by identifying your topic (e.g. texting and driving).
- Focus your topic by asking your self: who? what? when? why? where? (e.g. texting and driving and accidents).
- Formulate a question to ask about your topic (e.g. How many car accidents are caused by drivers who are texting?)
- Narrow your question further if possible again by asking your self: who? what? when? why? where? (e.g. How many car accidents are caused in the U.S. per year by drivers who are texting?).
Check out this video on Developing a Research Question for more information.
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