Develop a Research Proposal
Planning My Introduction - Planning My Research Questions or Hypothesis
You will need to decide whether your paper should address your research investigation focus in the form of a research question(s) or through a hypothesis.
Use this Powerpoint to review the characteristics of both forms.
Qualitative approaches to research design generally use questions as their focus. Because qualitative studies start an investigation with a concept, but use inductive methods to reach a final conclusion about the research, most qualitative designs do not start with a hypothesis. Writing a research question is usually the better choice for this kind of study.
Quantitative approaches to research design generally use the test of a hypothesis as the frame for the methodology. Because quantitative studies use deductive reasoning through scientific methods to test a hypothesis, questions may be appropriate to focus a study, but a clear hypotheses should be included in the actual proposal.
Consulting a methodology lecture's Powerpoint or list of characteristics could help you think about the different characteristics of your study in a structured way. This will then help you to clarify which type of approach you will be taking, and whether you should write research questions or a hypothesis for your research proposal.
In the guide Crafting the Research Proposal: The Introduction, you will find a place to compose your research questions or hypothesis. Use the examples and the writing tips described below, and in the Powerpoints linked to this page, to help you to write your own research question or hypothesis.
Tips for Writing Research Questions
Be as specific as possible.
Remember: The goal of your research is to find the answer to the research question. Make sure that the question reflects your goals in its words and phrasing.
Use this tutorial if you are writing research questions for a qualitative design.
Tips for Writing Hypotheses
When you state your hypotheses, be sure that the content of the hypothesis matches the experimental procedure. What you write should be the best estimation of the outcome of the lab procedure. Along with the hypothesis, you should write several sentences which explain the scientific reasoning that led you to that hypothesis.
Here is another:
Use this tutorial to compose and check to be sure that you wrote an effective hypothesis.
Use this tutorial if you are writing a hypothesis for a qualitative design.
Use this tutorial to help you write different hypotheses for different types of quantitative designs.
Complete your planning guide for this section.