3.1 Critiquing Research Problems

Using the critiquing Research Questions and Hypotheses, appraise the research question/hypothesis for your Scholarly Practice Project. Prepare a Word document, listing the eight questions with your answers. Provide as much detail as needed to support your answers.

Here are the eight questions:

  1. What is the research problem? Is the problem statement easy to locate, and is it clearly stated? Does the problem statement build a cogent and persuasive argument for the new study?
  2. Does the problem have significance for nursing? How might the research contribute to nursing practice, administration, education, or policy?
  3. Is there a good fit between the research problem and the paradigm in which the research was conducted? Is there a good fit between the problem and the qualitative research tradition (if applicable)?
  4. Does the report formally present a statement of purpose, research question, and/or hypothesis? Is this information communicated clearly and concisely and is it placed in a logical and useful location?
  5. Are purpose statements or questions worded appropriately? For example, are key concepts/variables identified and is the population of interest specified? Are verbs used appropriately to suggest the nature of the inquiry and/or the research tradition?
  6. If hypotheses were not formally stated, is their absence justified? Are statistical tests used in analyzing the data despite the absence of stated hypotheses?
  7. Do hypotheses (if any) flow from a theory or previous research? Is there a justifiable basis for the predictions?
  8. Are hypotheses (if any) properly worded—do they state a predicted relationship between two or more variables? Are they directional or nondirectional, and is there a rationale for how they were stated? Are they presented as research or as null hypotheses?