The Research Question, Literature Review

Topic: The Research Question, Literature Review


The Research Question, Literature Review

Newton, Bower, and Williams (2004) outline the process of “devising and revising” a research question, be it descriptive, relational, or comparative. After reading their paper, write a three-page paper that addresses the following:

1. How do descriptive research questions differ from questions of relationship? From questions of comparison?

2. How should a researcher determine if prior research exists on her intended research topic?

3. What factors should be used to gauge the quality of previous research? Why are these important in making this assessment?

4. Should formulation of a research question precede or follow consultation with the scholarly literature? Please explain.

Assignment Expectations:

You are expected to consult the scholarly literature in preparing your paper; you are also expected to incorporate relevant background readings.
Your paper should be written in your own words.

Blazer, D.G. (2007). Religious beliefs, practices and mental health outcomes: What is the research question? American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 15, 269-272. Retrieved February 23, 2012

Chien, A., Coker, T., Choi, L., Slora, E., Bodnar, P., Weiley, V., . . .Johnson, J. (2006). What do pediatric primary care providers think are important research questions? A perspective from PROS providers. Ambulatory Pediatrics, 6, 352-355. Retrieved February 23, 2012

Newton, J.T., Bower, E.J., & Williams, A.C. (2004). Research in primary dental care part 2: Developing a research question. British Dental Journal, 196, 605-608. Retrieved February 23, 2012

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