Course Project: Research Questions Instructions

Course Project: Research Questions Instructions

Write 1 qualitative and 1 quantitative research question.

Topic: The effect of positive school climate on discipline

Later in this course, you will use your research questions to write your Final Paper.

Examples:

Use good qualitative wording for your qualitative research question.

· Begin with words such as “how” or “what.”

· Tell the reader what you are attempting to “discover,” “generate,” “explore,” “identify,” or “describe.”

· Ask “what happened?” to help craft your description.

· Ask “what was the meaning to people of what happened?” to understand your results.

· Ask “what happened over time?” to explore the process.

Use good quantitative wording for your quantitative research question.

Below are 3 different types of quantitative questions.

Causal Questions

· Does the ________________ (change) in _________________ (independent variable) produce change (increase, decrease, not affect) the _______________ (a dependent variable)?

· For example: “Does reading the Research Question Instructions (increase) the average research paper grades in a class?”

Descriptive Questions

· How often do ________________ (participants) do ________________ (variable being studied) at ________________ (research site)?

· For example: “How often do college students need to use the bathroom during a test as compared to during a normal class?”

Predictive Questions

· Does ________________ (cause variable) lead to/create _____________ (outcome variable) in ________________ (setting)?

· For example: “Does the color of a person’s hair lead to higher grades in school?”

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