“Real” Research Questions

I haven’t written much here about my research work to date so maybe it’s time for that. Maybe it’s not. But either way, here goes…

Often, I have the conversation with my students about research questions and real research questions. Most of us know what research questions are…they are what we write in the introduction to our articles, submit to local IRBs, and debate endlessly with dissertation committees. But I find that my research questions are never really representative of the questions I really want to ask; those questions that are

Too subjective

Too suggestive

Or downright accusatory

I’m a researcher who, in my opinion, has been well trained (shout out to Dr. Janice Fournillier for all she’s invested in me), so I understand the reasons for framing research questions in particular ways, but there are times when I just want to ask the questions that are really banging around in my head. I want to ask the “real” research questions.

I guess that’s what blogs are for.

Stay tuned.


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