As writer and scholar, have you ever felt “stuck” conceptualizing and fleshing out your thesis and related research question?
At any point in the writing process and academic calendar, but especially relevant during the semester-end stretch when final papers are due, it is not unusual to find oneself reflecting on interrogating the premises of, and perhaps, even feeling “stuck” in how to further develop the research question(s).
- What is the (background) “story” of (behind) this [research] question?
- What has been the developmental trajectory of the research question?
- How did I become interested in this question?
- Why is this question significant to me?
- What do I find most compelling about my question?
- In what ways do I connect with this question? What are my points-of-reference in probing into, responding to, or contextualizing this research question – in my own life, practice, field, and/or in the world?
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Staff writer: Min Derry