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Facilitating research students in formulating qualitative research questions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17714834     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
One of the initial and challenging processes that research students and students undertaking research modules encounter is the formation or appraisal of the research question. Research questions acquire significance as the rigor and validity of the research project rests on the extent to which the conclusions of the study have answered the research question. For qualitative studies the research question acquires even greater significance since the notions of audit trail, which commences from the research question is considered as an indication of a valid or not research. Hence, the formation of a qualitative research question requires to be based on a framework as to have specific content, coherence and structure. The content takes the form of a declarative statement that provides focus on a specific issue, but at the same time allows enough flexibility as for variables to emerge from the data. The coherence should smoothly bridge the philosophical/theoretical propositions of the qualitative paradigms with the practical execution of the study and this is achieved by the use of specific verbs, nouns and phrases. Lastly, the structure needs to adequately answer to the who, when, where, what, how and why of the study.
Stefanos Mantzoukas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2007-08-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nurse education today     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0260-6917     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurse Educ Today     Publication Date:  2008 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-10     Completed Date:  2008-06-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8511379     Medline TA:  Nurse Educ Today     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  371-7     Citation Subset:  N    
School of Health and Social Welfare, Department of Nursing, Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, Archimandriou 60, 45221 Ioannina, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Nursing Research / education*
Qualitative Research*
Research Design*

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