developing research questions | CJUS 750 – Qualitative Methods of Research | Liberty University

Developing Research Questions Instructions

This paper requires you to create
research questions based upon the literature review and annotated bibliography

1.      Think about your current
understanding (working theory) of a research issue of interest to you in the
criminal justice field (here again is where the previous Literature Review and
Annotated Bibliography assignments will help you). What important concepts are
part of this research interest and how do they relate? Begin a search of the
relevant literature.

2.      Develop
three to five research questions that help to focus your topic. List possible
aspects of the conceptual context that would guide a literature review if you
were to do one.

3.      Create
a research statement (if you have not done so already) and create five to ten
open-ended interview questions for your own research project. Pilot the
questions with a classmate, asking her or him to pretend that she or he is one
of your participants. Work together to reshape the questions. Then pilot the
questions with someone who has had experiences similar to your research
population or ask the questions of a research participant who is willing to
collaborate with you on developing your questions. Reshape the questions again
after reflecting upon what worked, what did not, and what new questions arose.

4.      Be
sure to write down the answers to those questions (you will need them for
another upcoming assignment).



Assignment Specifics:

Write an introduction about the assignment

Write at least two paragraphs with their
research statement embedded. These paragraphs should also be supported with
credible academic sources

Write at least one supportive paragraph before
listing the research questions

Write at least one supportive paragraph before listing
the interviewing questions

Write at least a one paragraph conclusion