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    Research Questions: Three primary types

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    write a 2- to 3-page narrative essay in which you discuss strengths and weaknesses of various types of research questions. Please include discussion of the following items:

    compare and contrast the three primary types of research questions most often used in quantitative research (I.e., descriptive, relational, and causal)
    describe best practices or tips for composing strong qualitative research questions.

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    The three main types of questions that a researcher can ask when writing a quantitative study are descriptive questions, relational questions, and causal questions. The descriptive questions are written to describe the variables that are being measured. These questions are designed to quantify the variables that are the subject of research. For example a descriptive question can be "how many Americans have successfully completed high school last year?" The variable is completed high school and the group is Americans. This question can be modified. "How many American boys and girls completed high school last year?" The variable is Completed High School. The groups are boys and girls. The purpose of both these questions is to quantify the variables of the study. The quantifying depends on what is being measured. Both these questions seek answers in numbers. These questions can also be used to measure percentages. For example, "What percent of Americans successfully complete ...

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    The response provides you a structured explanation of three primary types of research questions . It also gives you the relevant references.