On research questions and process

Making the jump from a research question to a method for answering that question can be complicated. Head over to Teaching and Learning with Technology at Reed to read my recent post: Translating research from question to query. First few lines are below…

Earlier this term, I heard from students in Noelwah Netusil’s natural resources economics class. They were hoping I could help them identify how many homes are within the Johnson Creek floodplain.

This is certainly a spatial problem, so using some spatial system — in this case, a GIS* — is a good first step. Another important challenge as researcher is to translate your question into something your analytical tool can understand… [read more]

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