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One-day workshop
October 22nd 2003
University of Brighton


Research questions are fundamental to the conduct of social scientific investigation but are often only given cursory attention in discussions of research design and methods. The formulation of research questions is a necessary prerequisite for the conduct of certain kinds of study, yet there is relatively little written about the processes of generating research ideas and formulating, developing and refining research questions.

As part of the Research Design theme, the RCBN has organised a workshop covering topics relating to research questions in order to provide a forum for the discussion of issues in this area. The workshop is primarily aimed at New Career Researchers but is open to all interested parties. This event is being co-hosted by Peter Kutnick (University of Brighton) and Fiona Leach (University of Sussex) and will be held at the School of Education, University of Brighton.

The workshop will be structured around presentations from experienced researchers, who will be leading sessions covering different topics. The programme will include the following contributors and presentations:

The nature of research questions in qualitative research
Martyn Hammersley, Centre for Sociology and Social Research, Open University

Research Questions and Policy-Making: linking research questions to current policy agendas
Judy Sebba, DfES / University of Sussex

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

If you require further information regarding this or any other RCBN event, or wish to book a place, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The RCBN have also provided additional references about developing and refining research questions. To access these resources click here.


9.30am – 10.00am

Registration and refreshments
10.00am – 10.30am

Introduction and welcome
Professor Peter Kutnick and Dr Fiona Leach

10.30am – 12.00pm

The nature of research questions in qualitative research
Professor Martyn Hammersley

12.00pm – 1.00pm

Buffet lunch
1.00pm –

Linking research questions to research designs
Professor Anne Edwards

2.30pm – 2.45pm

Tea and coffee
2.45pm – 4.15pm

Research questions and policy-making: linking research
Professor Judy Sebba




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