problems with research questions
are a number of common errors people make when
formulating research questions.
question is too broad to be manageable.
is the history of Christianity?
instead, How did the
conversion of Emperor Constantine affect
the history of Christianity?
are environmental disasters being fought?
How effective are the current practices
for cleaning oil spills?
question is too narrow. Sometimes
the narrowness is logical (such as there being
an easily obtainable "right" answer),
and sometimes it is too narrow given the availability
Sweden have nationalized healthcare? (The
answer is "yes." That doesn't make
for much of a paper).
What was the political process that enabled
Sweden to establish nationalized healthcare?
did the UAW affect the economy in Dayton, Ohio
influence did the automobile labor unions
have on the economy in the early 1970's?
question cannot be answered.
Sometimes this is because of a logical problem
in the question, because the information needed
to answer the question cannot be logically or
are the pros and cons of evolution? (This
isn't a very logical question).
does teaching of evolution in public schools
affect children who are raised in religions
that embrace creationism?
many girls are forced into prostitution each
What are the traits that make girls vulnerable
for being forced into prostitution?