Before embarking on the tedious process of research, researchers have to take into account several factors that will affect the outcome of the study. Undeniably, the first step is choosing a good research topic. But how do we choose a topic that will enable us to produce a very good research? Take into account the following:
- The topic is interesting. An interesting topic will hold the researcher’s interest through the entire research. The determination of whether or not a topic is interesting involves the ability to recognize the current trends, issues, and norm. Does your choice of topic pique your interest?
- The topic is researchable. Being researchable means it can be investigated through the collection and analysis of data and it is not stated as a topic seeking to determine what should be done. Hence, in choosing a topic, make sure that there’s enough data that you can collect and/or use.
- The topic is significant. A significant topic contributes in some way to the improvement or understanding of education theory or practice. Will the topic of your choice solve a specific problem of the status quo? Will the outcome alleviate the suffering of those victims of the same problem? Will it improve life?
- The topic is manageable. A manageable topic fits the researcher’s level or research skills, needed resources, and time restrictions.