Finding a good topic is more art than science, and there is not exact formula. But there is a process, and it gets easier the more practice you have.
In-class today, we will be working on developing a good topic.
A good topic should be:
Coming up with a topic can feel like playing Goldielocks sometimes as your continually narrow and/or broaden your research question.
|for Population (or Problem)||for Intervention||for Comparison (or Control)||for Outcome|
|Do adults||who binge drink||compared to adults who do not binge drink||have higher mortality rates?|
|Are children||placed in kinship care (with grandparents or other relatives)||and not foster care||more likely to graduate high school?|
|Parents who do not live together||family counseling||individual counseling||more involved fathers|
Identify the PICO in the following question:
Does music therapy help children with autism spectrum disorder communicate more effectively with their families?