What Makes A Good Question

I would say that a good research question should have 2 key features; the first being objectivity(mitigate the bias of research designers), and the second being practicality (easy to answer).

When I point to objectivity, I mean the question can be both designed without the impact of personal bias the questions should not contain any implication that might mislead participants’ answers. The answer might

Objectivity:

  • The question is designed without influence of researchers’ bias
  • The question does not contain any implication that might mislead participants’ answers
  • Answers to such questions reflect the real society or human behavior, thus increasing the reliability of the result.

Easy to answer

  • The question follows the principle of quantitative research, that is, answer is summarized into numbers; participants just answer by choosing numbers.
  • Research based on such questions are more likely to be answered, hence making the sample sizes big enough to lead to a more justified result.