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“This excellent book fills a significant gap in the literature supporting planning education by providing clear, succinct advice on the design and implementation of small-scale student research projects.” – Chris Couch, Professor of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool “A perfect text for supervisors to give students so that they plan their research projects carefully rather than leap headlong into data collection.” – Jean Hillier, Emeritus Professor of Sustainability and Urban Planning, RMIT University, Melbourne “Highly recommended... Ranging across topics such as planning a research programme and data management and the handling of ethical issues, the book will be very helpful to those embarking on a thesis or dissertation in the field.” – Peter Fidler, President of the University of Sunderland Research Design in Urban ...
Chapter 3: Policy Issues and Research Questions
Policy Issues and Research Questions
What type of discipline is planning?
What types of knowledge claims are found in planning policy debates?
What are research questions and how do they relate to knowledge claims?
How can I recognise research questions in published research?
How can I create helpful questions from my initial ideas?
Descriptions, explanations, understanding, predictions, evaluations, prescriptions, hypotheses, theories
My argument in this chapter is that the first condition for having a project which is likely to produce results which will be worthwhile is to have a ‘researchable’ question to answer. This is absolutely indispensable because research design, by definition, is intended to give the best possible answer to the research question which has been posed, within the limits of the resources ...