This book's unique child-centered perspective provides an easy-to-follow model for teaching research methodology to children to participate actively in their own education.

Framing a Research Question

Framing a research question

Teaching Content for Session 4

Timing: 60 minutes + 20 minutes follow-up work.


Before pupils can begin to think about how they will go about collecting data for their research study they need to frame a research question and, if appropriate, formulate a hypothesis(es). If the research question is not carefully worked out in advance then the wrong kinds of data may be collected. Of course, some types of ethnographic research have very loose frameworks because of their open and exploratory nature, and in some instances research questions do not emerge until much later in the process. However, most small-scale research that school pupils will engage in is likely to need a tightly worded research question at the outset. In ...

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