NATURE OF INQUIRY AND RESEARCH Getting Started: Deciding on a topic for Research •Identify a topic of interest •Focus the topic of interest •Draft a work title •Evaluate the research topic Identify a topic of interest • It may be something that you have read about, or a friend had told you about; • something you were curious of since you entered senior high school; • or something that is relevant to a particular group in the society, or to the whole society, in general. • It could also be something based on your life experiences. Focus the topic of interest • Describe the topic of interest. • Provide a brief description of the topic. • What is it about the topic that you are interested in? • What aspect of the topic would you like to study, and why? • Are you deliberately omitting any particular aspect of the topic from your study? Why? • Try to describe your topic of interest in a brief but succinct way, by completing the following sentences. • My study is about _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ _________________________________________ • In the study I would like to _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ __________________________________________ Draft a work title • A working or tentative title is important at this early stage to help focus the direction of your study. • You can always change it as you progress with your research. • The language or the words that you will use to describe your title must reflect the kind of research, either qualitative or quantitative, that you will undertake. • Make sure that your working or tentative title captures or reflects that which you want to explain. • According to Wilkinson (1991 cited in Criswell 1994, 3), “Be brief and avoid wasting words. • Eliminate unnecessary words such as “An Approach to…” and “A study of…” • Use a single title or a double title. • An example of a double title: “ An Ethnography: Understanding a Child’s Perception of War” • Another useful tip is to “consider a title no longer than 12 words, eliminate most articles and prepositions, and make sure it includes the focus or topic of the study”(Creswell 1994, 3) • My Study’s tentative title is _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ ________________________________________ Evaluate the research topic • Is the topic researchable and feasible? • Are the data available and accessible? • Can the topic sustain your interest? • Who will be the target audience of your research?