1. (1 p) Dataset is specified.

  2. (2 p) Variables from the dataset are indicated.

  3. (2 p) The relationship between the variables is indicated in a question.

  4. (2 p) The terms and descriptions are clear.

  5. (3 p) The question is specific and answerable from the data indicated.

In class, complete one question relating at least two variables in your dataset from your personal codebook.

See “WS 03 Personal codebook” as starting point.

As you come up with questions, write them on the whiteboards around the room. We will use these for discussions of what makes a good research question.

Typically, a good research question has these two qualities:

  1. It is clear; the terms and descriptions used are unambiguous — someone else can understand it without confusion.
  2. It is specific; the variables exist in the dataset and you have an idea how to combine/code/manipulate them to construct the relationships you wish to investigate.

Try to write 3 distinct research questions that connect the variables you have selected. If you need to add variables, that’s ok.