Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Research Question

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_3003

Definition

A research question acts as the guiding force behind each experiment. It is the broad question that the experiment is supposed to answer. The research question poses the problem of the relationship between the objective(s) and the purpose(s), and between the specific experimental procedure and why a researcher is doing a distinct procedure in the first place.

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