Answering your significant research questions with the aid of a research matrix

Maxwell, T. W. and Smyth, Robyn (2012) Answering your significant research questions with the aid of a research matrix. In: Doctorates downunder, 2nd ed. Australian Council for Educational Research, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 82-91. ISBN 9781742860244


There are two parts to this chapter: the first contains some ideas about identifying significant research questions and how to structure the argument leading to their identification. On the way, we point out some useful tools to assist you in your study. The second part introduces you to our research matrix as a device to facilitate your work. The matrix is a table or spreadsheet that uses the significant questions as the organising feature (left-hand column) guiding the research design and the methodological decisions of the study (headings of the first row). Many of our candidates have found using the research matrix has repaid their efforts for a number of reasons. For some it is a tool that allows them to see the study as it develops, and eventually the whole study is apparent in the one place. For others il keeps them on track because it provides a vehicle for discussion with supervisors.

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Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190303 Technical Writing
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39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360205 Technical writing
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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