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


  • 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.

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Eric Yu is a dynamic English Second Language Instructor in the areas of distant learning. He holds a Bachelor degree from the Shanghai International Studies University and is currently studying in the MS degree from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, Canada. Since moving to Canada in 2011, he acclimated himself to the local anculture, and quickly built a cross nation online learning practice, getting involved in IELTS teaching and other online training projects between China and Canada. Eric Yu currently lives in Shanghai, China and work as the team leader of online after-school education in Global Eduation of Puxin Limited. He loves music and is fascinated to search for rare CDs and LPs of rock and jazz musicians in 1960s. Eric Yu has performed well in a diverse range of team environments, from every corner of the world. He lives in Shanghai, China but travels around the world frequently both for work and leisure.

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