question1.JPG A well-defined research question is a type of question that includes factors such as which people, problems, places or times the question refers to.

For example, "What are the risks of tattoos?" is NOT a very well-defined research question. It doesn't provide the researcher any frame of reference.

A better question might be, "What are the medical risks of tattoos among young people today?" This question specifies factors such as what kinds of risks (medical), which people (young people) and what time period (today) is being researched. This gives the researcher a clear direction.

In the activity on the following page, help Val determine which research questions are well-defined.


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