Baril, K., Post, J., & Spieth, B. (2022). No Such Thing as a Bad Question: Using Rubrics to Help Students Learn from and Strengthen Failed Research Questions. In Confronting Failure: Approaches to Building Confidence and Resilience in Undergraduate Researchers (pp. 105–122). Council on Undergraduate Research.
This chapter uses findings from a mixed-methods study of undergraduates’ research experiences in a developmental writing course at a small, private university to suggest that writing bad research questions is a necessary part of the research process and that students can learn valuable lessons from the struggle to pose effective questions if given the necessary support. It offers a set of rubrics that can be used to evaluate the debatability, researchability, and feasibility of students’ research questions to help students turn failed research questions into successful ones.