questions about the topic
your task means also that you have to try to formulate a whole
picture about your task. What are the essential facts, concepts,
theories related to your topic? What kind of problems and
questions you would like to find answers to? Finding research
questions as a basis for your work is essential: otherwise
you might just be listing facts found from different sources!
if you really do not know anything about the subject in advance,
you have to find more information about it in order to restrict
your own topic. So you might proceed to finding basic information
about the topic and then return back to defining your task
and making your own research questions.
list of questions might help you:
is the result /
consequence of it?
four questions are about facts. They are important in describing
the topic you are working on. But the latter 3 questions will
help you understand the phenomena you are studying; so try
to concentrate on questions that give explanations to phenomena
rather than just describe it.
different viewpoints to your task? Usually things can be seen
and interpreted from different points of view. Try to incorporate
different aspects to your work and evaluate those from your
own point of view!
What kind of questions / problems are you setting out
to find the answers to? Does your project entail different
points of views, perspectives to be seen from?
As the project progressed we understood that there is
no single correct view on nuclear energy. Nuclear energy
undoubtedly has advantages but the disadvantages should
also be taken into account when nuclear power plants are
built. Is it possible to develop nuclear technology enough
to push the risks down to a minimum or even to non-existence?
Can nuclear waste be made harmless? Are there alternative
forms of producing energy that could replace nuclear power
and be safer?