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Asking Essential Questions
What is the difference between writing a report and writing a research paper? It's important to know the key elements of both and to understand the role that questioning plays in the quality of your research and final project.
topic + search facts =
The ideas and information are not yours. You are simply reporting out factual information. You may learn something new, but you are simply reproducing what you find.
- Who invented the helicopter?
- What are the symptoms of post-tramatic stress syndrome?
- When was the cell phone first introduced to the public?
- Where can hand guns be used for hunting?
- How were helicopters used in Vietnam?
problem + inquiry investigation = research
The nature of your inquiry depends on the question(s) asked. The question asked will suggest personal connections and generate unique answers.
- Who is the most powerful man in America?
- Which treatments for cancer are the most humane?
- When should youth be allowed to vote in federal elections?
- What is the effect of technology on teen literacy?
- How do athletics impact student achievement?