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Methods of Research
What should I research?
The simple answer to this question is anything! For example, you could research something very specific to your own teaching; or something that is more general to your department, school, or cluster of schools. Your initial idea can come from almost anywhere:
a particular intervention, incident or event
something a parent, learner or colleague has said
your class or school data
a professional or policy concern.
The most important part of your research project is to narrow down your initial area of interest. You need to ensure your topic is focused so you can develop a clear and explicit research question. The more explicit your question, the more straightforward and manageable it will be to work out how to answer it. You may choose to focus your question in three stages:
Stage 1: your research area
Stage 2: your research focus
Now ask yourself what specific aspects of your overall area you are interested in. You might find it helpful to refine your thinking by writing down what your research is about and where, when and how you are going to do it.
Stage 3: your research question
Once you have decided on your topic and have your research questions,
you can plan your research in greater detail.
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