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Which of these questions cannot be easily or fully researched (given that you are writing a research paper right now, at the beginning of the 21st century)?
A. Do the economies that result from a trash burning plant outweigh or not outweigh its environmental impact?
B. Is sexual preference a result of nature (physically based) or nurture (socially-culturally based)
C. Does MacDonalds or Burger King make a better burger?
D. Is Prozac a good way to treat clinical depression in certain cases?
E. Is there a link between hours of television viewing and violent behavior in children aged 8-14?

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Robert Hazlewood

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Robert Hazlewood, Senior Executive, MBA, Louisville

Answered Jan 03, 2019

It is conceivable that a properly researched study could be carried out for questions B and E. These are the sorts of psychological and genetic investigations occupying social scientists at present. With regard to option C, we would have to identify what we meant by 'good'. E.g.

The proportion and or quality of beef. Then it could be tested easily. As for D, again terms would need clarifying. The question is too loosely worded for an adequate research study. Option A is the answer to the question set because environmental outcomes become evident in centuries rather than in a decade.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 08, 2016

A-2. d-3. e-question a is researchable. youd have to sift through a lot of information, both pro and con, valid and invalid, in order to choose the best information to answer the research question and support your own point of view, but the point is that there is at least enough information to sift through.question b is somewhat researchable (is sexual preference a result of nature or nurture). there have been some recent experiments dealing with the physical (genetic) basis of sexual preference, but not enough research to support a credible view one way or the other. question c (macdonalds vs. burger king) is not researchable as it is worded, since it has no concrete meaning. what does better mean? better in terms of nutrition? better tasting? better value? fewer calories? better for making your kids happy? this question could become researchable only if you define its terms.question d is researchable. youd have to sift through a lot of information, both pro and con, valid and invalid, in order to choose the best information to answer the research question and support your own point of view, but the point is that there is at least enough information to sift through.question e is researchable. youd have to sift through a lot of information, both pro and con, valid and invalid, in order to choose the best information to answer the research question and support your own point of view, but the point is that there is at least enough information to sift through.
 

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