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Using questions to guide your research...

Consider this...

topic + search  facts = report 

The ideas and information are not yours.  You are simply reporting out  factual information. You may learn something new, but you are simply reproducing what you find.

  • Who invented the helicopter?
  • What are the symptoms of post-tramatic stress syndrome?
  • When was the cell phone first introduced to the public?
  • Where can hand guns be used for hunting?
  • How were helicopters used in Vietnam?

On the other hand...

problem + inquiry  investigation = research

The nature of your inquiry depends on the question(s) asked.  The question asked will suggest personal connections and generate unique answers.

  • Who is the most powerful man in America?
  • Which treatments for cancer are the most humane?
  • When should youth be allowed to vote in federal elections?
  • What is the effect of technology on teen literacy?
  • How do athletics impact student achievement?

What is an essential question?

Open-ended

no simple or single right answer
addressed through reason rather than opinion/belief

Thought-provoking

unique, often counterintuitive or controversial
answers through problem solving (not found, but invented)
generate new questions

Universal

addresss fundamental issues
interdisiciplinary concepts, central to greater understanding

Developing an essential question....

Who?

Substitution

Who else…? Who might…?
NOT Who did…?

What?

Predict (hypothesis posed)
Modify/Magnify/Minimize
Eliminate/Reverse/Alternative

What if…? 
NOT What is…?

When?
Which?

Where?

Compare and Contrast

Which one…? 
Here or there?  
Now or later?

Why?

Cause and Effect

Why do things happen the way they do?

How?

Propose Solution

 

Which?

Evidence-based Decision 

Should?

Moral/Ethical/Practical reasoning

 

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