Research denotes the importance of quality research questions and their role in guiding methodology, data collection methods, and interpretation of results. Research questions, living at the base of methodology, play a key role in quality inquiry. This article addresses common themes of research questions in qualitative inquiry and the factors impacting question development. The importance of driving questions and the use of a question map are discussed as useful tools in developing probing, quality research that directs effective qualitative research.


Research Questions, Qualitative Inquiry, Driving Questions, Question Map

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Jennifer Kross was awarded a Bachelor’s degree from Drake University and a Master’s degree from Florida International University. She is currently a doctoral student at Florida International University. The Director of Retention and Transition Services at Miami Dade College, Jennifer’s research and work centers on student issues in our colleges and universities. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: jkros007@fiu.edu.

Amanda Giust holds a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from Florida International University (FIU). Ms. Giust is currently a doctoral student at FIU with a research interest in employment outcomes for adults with intellectual disabilities. Her other research interests include self-directed learning, student mentorship, and best practices for retrieving data from individuals with disabilities. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: m.m.giust@gmail.com.

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