After doing some online searching, I have discovered that a good research question is comprised of the following characteristics:
- It should be clear and specific yet not too narrow or too broad. The question needs to have a focus.
- The question cannot be answered by a yes or no response but instead be answered through the research process.
- The question should be a go between your existing knowledge and the problem you want to solve.
- It should possess recognizable aspects of a theoretical framework.
- It should be feasible to answer through research within a certain allotted time frame.
Other things to consider when creating a research question are to choose a topic of interest because of the amount of time spent focused on the topic. And consider a research question that is relevant to your field of study or how it could contribute to society.
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Monach University. (n.d.). Developing research questions. Monach University. https://www.monash.edu/rlo/research-writing-assignments/understanding-the-assignment/developing-research-questions
Royal Roads University. (n.d.). Thesis statements/Research questions/Problem statements. RRU Library. https://library.royalroads.ca/writing-centre/writing/structure/thesis-statements