This web page provides information that can be helpful for introducing students to research questions in Writing 10. This information is also available in this handout. Instructions for instructors at included at the top.
Forming a Research Question
Your research question ...
||It has some substance and requires explanation.|
||It is important to someone other than just you!|
||It avoids using loaded language or suggesting a pre-determined answer.|
||It is re-searchable. Others have already been contributing to this conversation.|
||It is not too narrow, nor too broad; it does not leave you with too much or too little information.|
Together: You will have to do some preliminary research to really discover if all of these statements are TRUE for your proposed research question.
Look at each research question below. Can you answer TRUE for statements #1-3? Do you think you could answer TRUE for #4-5 even though we haven't done any research yet?
Research Question A: Are there health risks for teens who only eat convenience foods (fast food)?
Research Question B: Do genetically modified foods endanger the health of those who consume them?
Research Question C: Should aluminum bats be banned from high school baseball and teen leagues?
Research Question D: What are the most effective ways to reduce racial profiling in police departments?
Research Question E: Should the United States government make it more difficult for individuals to buy a gun if they have a documented mental illness?
Research Question F: Do higher education admission requirements discriminate against students who have recently immigrated to the United States?