To avoid a topic that is too narrow or too broad, try the three-pronged approach to a topic.
For instance, the topic of "achievement gaps" can be narrowed by limiting the scope of the topic based one or more of the following:
From these areas of interest start to build a question or theory that will start your research question.
Next work backwards from your question to make sure you have about 2-3 main concepts, which is a number that leads to a workable research project.
The above guidelines are based on information from Walden University Library. A brief exercise in choosing the best research question is available from SUNY Empire State College.
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