Below are five exercises designed to improve your ability to select a good research question. Select what you think is the best research question out of the three (neither too broad nor too narrow). Click the letter next to the best one.
Your research to answer this question may include observation of print, television and radio advertisements as well as research into various current marketing theories and strategies. Both types of research are "do-able," and the question is focused enough to yield a fully-developed research paper.
It's unlikely that Coca-Cola personnel will reveal their marketing plan.
"The past" covers a lot of time, especially since the Coca-Cola company was incorporated in 1919.
Because deregulation may have had impact on safety, costs, passenger fees, ability to comply with government regulations and many other areas of the airline industry, there are too many facets of the question to deal with in depth in one research paper.
It can be answered with simple percentages and cannot be developed into a full research paper.
You may use statistics such as question B would uncover as you answer question C, which is focused enough to allow you to research the question in some depth, yet broad enough to allow you to consider the various effects of deregulation on airline safety.
Because it focuses on all skills ( language, social, small motor, large motor, etc.) you'd have to gather too much diverse information to answer question A.
The topic is broad enough to find more than just one or two sources, but it's limited to one focus--the development of preschool language skills.
You'd need to find more than just one or two studies if you chose to answer question C. If you find that there are enough sources dealing with vocabulary only, then you could choose to pursue question C.
You could answer this question in one sentence, and the question does not allow you to develop your own thoughts about the topic.
You could write a book to discuss the importance of genetic research in our lives.
You might be asking, "How can I research something whose effect hasn't been felt yet?" You can posit what "might happen logically" in the future based on what "has happened" in the past. For example, your research may bring you to the major things thought to have caused obesity in the recent last two to hree decades in order to establish a direct relationship between cause and treatment. Once you establish that direct cause-and-effect relationship, you can project similar types of relationships based on the new genetic research.
It narrows the scope by focusing on only the most positive ways of interaction. It also asks you to use the research to support your own informed judgment, which you provide eventually in the final research paper, thus creating interest as well as focus.
At first glance, there's not a lot of difference between questions A and B, but there is one major difference: Question B asks for the variety of ways in which adult children of alcoholics interact with their alcoholic parents. Substantial research has identified many patterns of interaction, so this question may be too broad to deal with in the scope of one research paper.
It asks the researcher to identify just one major emotional reaction.