This article contributes to the research training environment literature by presenting a method to guide the development of a dissertation research question. The method relies on 2 essential components: (a) informal doctoral student research team meetings to provide a mentoring environment in which conversation and discussion about dissertation questions takes place and (b) an inverted triangle visual to identify specific steps in the question‐development process. The first author's experience and that of 3 other participants with this method are chronicled to illustrate its efficacy.
You should also share your dissertation research question idea with your dissertation chair or dissertation consultant. Sharing the dissertation research question with others will help you refine it-- others will give you their perspective on the clarity and significance of your dissertation research question. After taking these steps, you should have a version of a dissertation research question you feel comfortable with. The next step will be to refine your dissertation research question so that is clear and strong enough to base an entire dissertation study on.
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Your dissertation research questions should be "doable." If your research question is not doable as a dissertation, your dissertation committee will most definitely reject it. Save yourself this trouble by working closely with your dissertation chair or dissertation consultant to ensure that your dissertation research question is not beyond the scope of a dissertation. To ensure that your dissertation research question is doable you may want to ask yourself several questions: