What makes a good research question?

As we move forward in this course, we have been tasked to answer a question that while simple in nature it is complex in essence. What makes a good research question? …Through the readings provided in this course I have come to conclude that a good research question is:

Clear and focused. The research question should have an appropriate scope that is neither too broad nor too narrow to investigate.  

Researchable. Whether the researcher chooses a Qualitative, Quantitative or a Mixed Method approach, a good research question should allow the researcher to have access to a fair amount of good quality research materials.

Arguable. It shouldn’t be answered with a Yes or No, and it should allow the opportunity to discuss the findings of different sources in an argumentative way in order to provide an answer.

Formulating a good research question is a key element and a fundamental first step of the complex Research Process.


Creswell, J. 2009. Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches. Retrieved from https://www.sagepub.com/sites/default/files/upm-binaries/22782_Chapter_7.pdf

Johnson, R.B., Christensen, L. 2014. Introduction to educational research. In Educational research: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches (pp.2-28). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Retrieved from http://uk.sagepub.com/sites/default/files/upm-binaries/38122_Chapter1.pdf

Royal Roads University Writing Centre. (N.D.). Thesis Statements/Research Questions/Problem Statements. Retrieved from https://library.royalroads.ca/writing-centre/writing/structure/thesis-statements

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