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The formulation and development of research questions is an essential stage of the research process. As an element of the Research Design Issues theme, this page provides resources specifically relating to research questions.

RCBN Activities

October 22nd, 2003 From Research Questions to Research Design
One-day workshop, University of Brighton; 30 places.

Presentation by Anne Edwards (University of Birmingham) Moving On: linking research questions to research designs - this presentation is available in Acrobat Reader (pdf) format. To view the presentation click here.


Cambell, J. P., Daft, R. L. and Hulin, C. L. (1982) What to Study: Generating and developing research questions. London: Sage.

Clark, J. and Causer, G. (1991) 'Introduction: research strategies and decisions', in G. Allan and C. Skinner (Eds.) Handbook for Research Students in the Social Sciences, pp. 163-176. London: Falmer Press.

de Vaus, D. A. (2001) 'Tools for research design', in Research Design in Social Research, pp. 17-27. London: Sage.

Dixon, B. R., Bouma, G. D. and Atkinson, G. B. (1987) 'Selecting a problem', in A Handbook of Social Science Research, pp. 29-49. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Flick, U. (1998) 'Research Questions', in An Introduction to Qualitative Research, pp. 47-53. London: Sage.

Hedrick, T. E., Bickman, L. and Rog, D. J. (1993) 'Defining the focus of the research', in Applied Research Design: A practical Guide, pp. 15-37. London: Sage

Kane, E. (1985) 'The research statement: making your idea researchable', in Doing Your Own Research: Basic descriptive research in the social sciences and humanities, pp. 15-20. London: Marion Boyars Ltd.

Macintyre, C. (2000) 'Formulating a research question', in The Art of Action Research in the Classroom, pp. 30-58. London: David Fulton.

Miller, D. C. (1991) 'The research process: overview', in Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement (5th Ed.), pp. 75-84. London: Sage.

Punch, K. F. (2000) 'A general framework for developing proposals', in Developing Effective Research Proposals, pp. 22-32. London:Sage.

Punch, K. F. (1998) 'Research Questions', in Introduction to Social Research: Quanititative and qualitative approaches, pp. 33-44. London: Sage.

Riedesel, C. A. (1970) 'Researching research questions', in The Arithmetic Teacher, May 1970.

Robson, C. (1993) 'Developing a proposal', in Real World Research: A resource for social scientists and practitioner-researchers, pp. 18-35. Oxford: Blackwell.

Selltiz, C., Jahoda, M., Deutsch, M. and Cook, S. W. (1965) 'Selection and formulation of a research problem', in Research Methods in Social Relations, pp. 26-48. London: Methuen.





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