Scientists conduct research to investigate patterns occurring in the natural world around them.
Scientists conduct research to investigate patterns occurring in the natural world around them. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the magnitude of possible components to study within any given system, however, and researchers help isolate their component of interest by first developing a research question. The success of a research project is directly proportional to the appropriateness of the research question. A well posed question will help focus the researcher, determine what type of data should be collected, and help to ensure efficient use of time, energy, and funds. Click here to read "Guidelines to Asking Research Questions".
Once a research question is derived it is necessary to decide how best to implement the study. The protocols walk you through how to set up and implement your study and many have lesson plans and additional resources. The Ecoplexity website has a helpful protocol search feature that allows you to select specific attributes that pertain to your research question. Click here to view the Protocol Finder.