ENGL 123 Week 6 Discussion | Assignment Help | Embry Rriddle Aeronautical University
Module 6 Discussions - Choosing a Research Question
Your goal is to come up with a problematic question, which will be the focus of your exploratory research.
1. Read Chapter 7 pages 144-155 (Ramage, et al.). Pay special attention to the Exploratory Essay defined on page 144, described on page 148, and outlined in figure 7.1 on page 153. This is your next assignment.
2. Complete at least one of the exploration exercises in the bullet list on page 149.
3. Now formulate a possible research question for your paper. Try to avoid phrasing your question as a 'yes' or 'no' question. Remember that the exploratory research paper does not require you to take a side. In fact, you should avoid, as much as possible, coming to a definite conclusion. In addition, using a 'yes' or 'no' question can subtly direct your thinking toward these two positions, so that your research may become focused on finding people who agree and people who disagree. That can be quite limiting. The assignment works much better with an open-ended question. Post your question and watch for your instructor's feedback.
If you are having trouble finding a question, consult Exploratory Research Paper - Ideas (PDF).