Assignment: Research Questions and Original Research
ENGA14 Finnish Institutions Research Paper (Hopkins)
Following are the instructions for next week's class, the focus of which
will be suggestions for the possible 'improvement' or 'expansion' of
selected past papers from the perspective of subsequent readers of those
Group Composition and Paper Selection
- Students should work in pairs or in groups of three.
- Each 'group' will select and report on one of the archive papers
which has not already been discussed in the class presentations. This
paper must be notified to the other groups (for example via FIN1-L) so
that each group will report on a different paper. A separate web page will identify 'group'
compositions and paper each group has chosen.
Questions to Be Addressed With the Paper
Each group should discuss the following:
- Were the paper's research questions (a) presented clearly, (b)
answered in the body of the paper, and (c) summarized in the concluding
- If you feel the paper did not have a clear research question, or
the question(s) did not match the content of the paper, what might a
better question or questions have been?
- What additional question(s) for this topic might also have been
posed (even if the paper itself was coherent as written)? What additional
detail could have made the paper better?
- What additional sources might have been used to further develop or
'balance' the paper or clarify information which was presented?
- What points of the paper could have been further clarified by the
addition of original research? Briefly, how might such original research
for the paper have been done (via what tools, instruments or procedures)?
(See also Designing and Integrating Original
- If there was an original research component, do you feel it might
have been done differently? What would have been the advantage of this
Notifying the Class of Group Members and the Selected Paper
Groups should inform others in the class via the FIN1-L list by the
following Monday latest (or inform John directly, in which case he will
relay the note to FIN1-L) of the paper each group has chosen, so
students can read all the papers that will be discussed before class.
During class, John (or the group members) will display the paper
on-screen. The group will discuss where in the paper the points it wishes
to discuss are located so John can scroll to that text. The group will
then give its comments. There may be questions/discussion by John and
other class members.
- There are no 'right/wrong' answers, and there is no 'grading' as
such on this. The point is to illustrate and discuss instances where the
identification or sharpening of a 'research question', the possible
'balancing' of information presented, and/or the addition of original
research, application of a 'theory', etc., could have developed 'action
research' further, or where different approaches could have been taken in
the paper which you feel would also have been effective (or have been more
- This exercise may also prompt ideas for different questions,
approaches, theories, sources, and possible original research projects to
use in your own papers.
Research & Academic Writing
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Last Updated 10 January 2013