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Susan Harter

In: The SAGE Handbook for Research in Education: Engaging Ideas and Enriching Inquiry

Chapter 19: The Challenge of framing a Problem: What Is Your Burning Question?

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The Challenge of framing a Problem: What Is Your Burning Question?
The challenge of framing a problem: What is your burning question?

My mantra, framed on the office wall, asks, “What is your burning question?” It is what one first encounters when they enter into my scientific inner sanctum. Reactions vary from anxiety to lack of comprehension. Yet we need to deal with this issue, to guide investigators to know what constitutes a burning question of genuine interest. Having identified such a question, we can guide others, as well as ourselves, along the pathway that will challenge us to frame a problem thoughtfully. In turn, this should produce a rewarding answer. This is our mandate. In the role of research mentors, we can help students to ...

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