Your advisor expects you to do independent work through thorough research and critical thinking, but they want you to succeed and not get stuck right from the start. Your advisor will have experience helping out other students that have also been stuck coming up with dissertation questions. In addition to getting a few dissertation question suggestions right from the person who will working with you for the following year, you’ll also learn a few tips and tricks to help you get started in your research.
The place where the student usually poses the dissertation research questions is toward the end of the literature review. Once the student has discussed the work that has (and has not) been done on the topic by discussing the literature, he or she can pose the questions which will be answered by his or her own research. If there are more than one dissertation research question, it is customary to number them so they can be referred to later, in the results and discussion sections. It is also customary to abbreviate the term "research question" to RQ. Thus, a student's dissertation research questions should adhere to the following format:
Dissertation Research Questions
In the list that follows you can see examples of dissertation research questions collected from students over the years. Your supervisor will make comments and where appropriate reframe the student’s original research question making doing the research feasible. Using the criteria from the checklist, consider which questions in this list are sensible and can actually be addressed, and which are rather too wide-ranging, or are impossible or inappropriate.
Once you've chosen a dissertation topic, you are ready to move on the second step-developing a dissertation research question. The development of your dissertation question is important, as it will have a direct impact on other areas and phases of your dissertation. Your dissertation research question will help you decide what theoretical framework to rely on in your dissertation. Your dissertation research question will also help you articulate the research problem or research gap your dissertation will address. Other components of your dissertation including the proposal, literature review and methodology will extend from your research question. If your dissertation research question is unclear, your proposal will also be unclear and will probably not be accepted by your dissertation committee. Your dissertation research question could make or break you, so make sure your research question is a good one!.When you think you are close to solidifying your dissertation research question, take a few days to do a little research on your dissertation question. Find out what has been written about your dissertation question in the literature. There is a gap in the research if nothing has been written about your specific dissertation question-this means your dissertation research question will be filling a research gap. Also, find out what methods have been used to study your dissertation question. Doing this preliminary research will set the stage for you to complete the other steps of your dissertation including writing the dissertation literature review and choosing a methodology to use in your dissertation.