Dr Jana Martiskova
Having trouble with your thesis?
Trust us, you’re not alone!
Many students are unable to write a proper thesis or dissertation only because they cannot define their research question correctly and this affects their entire study.
But before formulating a good definition of the research question and before writing your thesis or dissertation, it is important to know how to cover these integral aspects of your dissertation. You need to have a clear idea of what you want to write before you begin the research process.
Defining a research question in simple words refers to explicitly stating a question that a researcher will attempt to answer through a logical investigative process. A research question is the methodological point of the beginning of the intellectual study of natural sciences and humanities. Defining a research question more elaborately is like going for a road trip in a strange place, you need to have a road map with exact specifications so that it can guide you through the journey. That road map is the research question in case of investigative studies. In other words, it is the driving force behind the entire research process.
So, how can you properly structure a research question for your thesis or dissertation?
The basic structure of a good research question needs to be SMART i.e. Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. But that’s not all. Let’s look at a basic guideline for research questions:
Hence, for formulating a good research question; it is important that you know how to define a research question and have a clear idea of what it signifies so that you can follow its structural guidelines easily and effectively. Now click here to see a few powerful tips to write elaborate and spot-on answers of the research question.