This book is a guide to research methods for practitioner research. Written in friendly and accessible language, it includes numerous practical examples based on the authors' own experiences in the field, to support readers.
The authors provide information and guidance on developing research skills such as gathering and analysing information and data, reporting findings and research design. They offer critical perspectives to help users reflect on research approaches and to scrutinise key issues in devising research questions.
This book is for undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers and practitioners in practitioner research development and leadership programmes.
The team of authors are all within the School of Education at the University of Glasgow and have significant experience of working with practitioner researchers in education.
Chapter 3: What Is a Research Question?
In this chapter we explore the concepts related to research questions: what they are, how they are formulated, how they inform research enquiry, and how you can translate these questions into precise research activities while taking into account a restricted timeline. We show how a slight change in the research focus can significantly alter the design of the study. Throughout the chapter there are guide questions that you can use when reflecting on the feasibility and manageability of the planned research. As a researcher you need to be aware of the issues that might jeopardise your study.
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