At the close of the Focusing Research Topics workshop, students will be able to:
- Sufficiently narrow a broad topic, and identify the criteria for recognizing when such a topic has been articulated.
- Articulate analytical, researchable questions about a focused topic.
- Name a variety of motivating purposes for research, such as the creation of a new process; the clarification or complication of previous understanding; the illumination of a contemporary issue; or the replication of earlier, preliminary findings.
Handout 1: Strategies for narrowing a topic
Reference Sheet: Identifying a research question with significance