Selecting a Research Topic: A Framework for Doctoral StudentsInternational Journal of Doctoral Studies
AbstractThis article provides an explanation of the process for selecting a research topic. The article uses Kuhn’s classic work on scientific revolutions to delineate the steps in developing theoretical research within an area. The paper provides methods for preparing to develop a research topic, steps for approaching a research problem, as well as methods for problem theoretical development. We end the article with pitfalls that can occur when selecting a research topic as well as bright spots with regard to doctoral students beginning research in an area. Our hope is that this research will help beginning doctoral students start the process of developing a research topic by providing assistance with the overall process.
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Citation InformationAndy Luse, Brian E. Mennecke and Anthony M. Townsend. "Selecting a Research Topic: A Framework for Doctoral Students" International Journal of Doctoral Studies Vol. 7 (2012) p. 143 - 152
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