After thoroughly reading “Developing Qualitative Research Questions: A Reflective Process,” I must state that I felt of sense of embarrassment when reading the article. For one, they may have already had insight, to some extent, on the talking points in the article. Personally, this article opened my eyes to issues that I have not thought about. While reading, I’ve realized that developing a research question does not happen overnight. Previously, I was under the impression that one’s research question needed to be fully developed, leaving me feeling behind. Age makes it apparent that research is a step by step process. For myself, I need to begin thinking about topics I am passionate about. In the past, when conducting research, it was clear that I was not interested in my topic yet wanted to be rid of the task leaving me to skip the realization that “…a qualitative study cannot begin without a plan” (433). Once a researcher has a topic in mind that stems from curiosity, it is the starting point to developing one’s research question. Something that I have struggled with in the past that Age makes notice of is creating discovery-oriented questions. Surprisingly, this is a new term for me, but it goes against what I have focused on for too long. Yes or no questions will not get the job done. Taking the easy way out will only have a researcher backtrack and delay the process. The article discusses the “So what?” (442). that a research question should have. Numerous individuals may have a similar topic, but what will make mines stand out? I must admit that these are questions I did not reflect on before reading this article, sadly. Although this has provided me new insight, it is not to say that things will not alter throughout the process. Quite frankly, new questions may come about that will permit me to think further and gather more information. Sub-questions is new to me as I have always assumed that I must focus on one solidified question throughout the process.
“Developing Qualitative Research Questions: A Reflective Process” has provided new insight in all areas, but the one section that struck me was the researcher’s having regard for participant’s life experiences. It has not occurred to me that depending on one’s research question, it may have participants reflect on their life experiences, which are not always enjoyable. Overall, the one question I am left with after reading Age’s article would simply be, “So what?” What do I really want to uncover? The topics that I have in mind I find that be researched before. Will it be my first-hand experience that differentiates my research?