This chapter looks at the first stages of your work, defining and recognising your methodology, and turning research ideas and interests into research questions or hypotheses. Your hypothesis or question is the first real step in developing the ideas and interests you have into something that can be researched and enquired about in a manageable, well-shaped way. The defining of a good research question (and then sub-questions to help you get at or ask your question) leads to the development of research designs that are workable and can be expressed in a research proposal, which can be seen as a kind of map or pattern for your developing work.
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