1. Identification of research topic
All research must start with topic selection
Practiing a research can identify the many social problems that are distusrbig in the society.
For such disturbing issues, there is need to raise concerns or the need to address the issues.
Qnhink of some topics that could be interesting for a study. Why do you think such topics are worth studying?
Guidelines to topic selection.
1. An interesting topic
That wich will raise the attention of listeners and poliscy makers. That which is compelling information processing to sol;ve a problem.
Topic that attracts attention of scolars and policy makers. That which is appealing to donors.
A topic what is reasonable
Topics that have been over, reasonable should be avoided.
Ref: Singleton et al (1988)
Singleton identifies five factors that affect topic selection in the social sciences.
The structure and the state of the scientific discipline:
Some social services are well developed implying that they have well developed theories, many studies that have ben done and concerns.
In such sciences ir, be possible to test existing theories amd challenges exploiting findings.
When dealing with a relatively oung discpline, we do research to formulate theories.
Scholars are interested in understanding te human conditions in the society.
Here we examine the existing human conditions in the society and identify one leading social problems.
Research will be based on the exisiting social problems in the society and research while be geared towards gathering information that will be used to solve the existing problems.
The research will be qualified as applied research (solution oriented) . This determines topic selection especially in developing or poor countries.
Personal values of the researcher