Choosing your topic and defining your research question [chapter]

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This chapter supports novice researchers in constructing appropriate research questions in primary care education. The needs of patients, students, health care professionals and other stakeholders should be considered, as they are experienced in everyday working life. The coronavirus pandemic is a key example of a paradigm shift, creating an urgent need for adaptations to learning and teaching, with a consequent need for high-quality educational research. Primary care education research may encompass any area of working life where learning and development take place. The subject of the research question is known as the unit of analysis. Research questions need to be developed concurrently with choosing an appropriate methodology and methods. Postgraduate researchers will have a supervisory team, and may have a community of practice from which to draw support. A good research question, one that matters and has the potential to engender a positive change, is worth taking time to develop.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHow To Do Primary Care Educational Research. A Practical Guide
EditorsMehmet Akman, Val Wass, Felicity Goodyear-Smith
PublisherCRC press, Taylor and Francis
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781003110460
ISBN (Print)9780367627041
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2021


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