Research Strategies Chapter 2- Badke
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What three things do you need to seek if you want to do research well?
a.) You need an intense desire to do a brilliant project, not just an average one; b.) you need to take your time and plan your research as a strategy; and c.) you need to become a friend to structure.
Name four elements of "inadequate research." Why is each an enemy of "great" research?
a. Inadequate research assumes that the task is merely to gather data and synthesize it. This is a barrier to analysis and problem solving.
b. Inadequate research deals in generalities and surveys. This makes it an enemy of depth and analysis.
c. Inadequate research asks no analytical questions and makes no pretense of advancing knowledge. Thus it reports on the past rather than making a contribution to the future.
d. Inadequate research is boring. This results in a less than committed researcher and a professor who gives low grades.
Define a "working knowledge" of your topic and explain why it's important to have one.
You have a working knowledge of a topic when you can talk about it for one minute without repeating yourself. It isn't complete knowledge, but it's enough to tell you what the topic entails, what its boundaries are, even what some of its controversies, mysteries and dangers might be.
What is a "reference source?"
It is a resource that provides concise and authoritative information on virtually a topic. Reference sources will generally appear in the form of dictionaries or encyclopedias on general or specific topics. As well, handbooks, atlases—in fact, any tool that involves looking up brief information—may be found in a library reference collection. Reference sources can be in print or online formats.
What should we do with Wikipedia?
Use it with discernment. Don't rely just on Wikipedia. What you read at any one moment might be a sabotage of an article (to be corrected in a couple of hours) or something that is just wrong and hasn't yet been noticed. Compare what you read in Wikipedia with other, traditionally published, reference sources.
What are the steps to finding a good research question?
Narrow your topic to one aspect. Identify controversies or questions related to your narrowed approach.
Formulate a definition for genuine research.
Genuine research addresses a problem calling for analysis
Describe the difference between a research question and a thesis statement. Why is the former often a safer approach?
A thesis statement is a tentative answer to a research question, akin to a hypothesis in scientific research. Research questions help you keep a more open mind about your issue. A thesis statement may lead you not to give enough consideration to alternative solutions
Describe the following types of bad research questions: The fuzzy question, the multi-part question, the open-ended question, the question that will not fly.
• Fuzzy - Question is not clear enough to make it possible to answer.
• Multi-part - Several questions instead of one.
• Open-ended - Questions that encourage a number of different outcomes instead of a single solution.
• Question that will not fly - Question for which there is no way to enlist good evidence to answer it.
Why do you need a preliminary outline early in the research process?
The preliminary outline creates a road map, enabling you to follow a clear path and get research done efficiently and effectively
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