Setting Up a Research Question for Determining The Research Methodology
Ibrahim, Rahinah (2008) Setting Up a Research Question for Determining The Research Methodology. ALAM CIPTA, International Journal on Sustainable Tropical Design Research & Practice, 3 (1). pp. 99-102. ISSN 1823-7231
This paper presents an approach to determine a research question that would enable design researchers to fix their research question as early as possible. It supports Yin’s recommendation that a researcher must determine the research question first because it will guide him or her on the appropriate research approach. The author has developed three main constructs for the formation of a research question—the “how”, the “what” and the “who”—that would lead researchers to develop the subsequent research objectives. They, in turn, will guide the researchers to formulate their sub-research questions, and the appropriate research strategies. The author hopes that this approach will assist novice researchers in unraveling a preliminary design research approach very early on. Hence, it allows the researchers more time to refine their research methodologies upon further literature review.
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