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GNED 219 Canadian Workplace Experience

Find library resources & research to support your Provincial Resources assignment and your final research assignment

Developing a Research Question

Turning your topic into a Research Question

• Helps to narrow it to a manageable scope
• Allows you to identify a problem that can guide your searching

Broad Topic:

Homegrown Terrorism

Narrow Topic: 

Homegrown terrorism in Canada and the need for public surveillence in order to protect civilians. 

General Question:

Will mass surveillence of the public help in protecting civilians from homegrown terrorism?

After further research, the question may evolve and so will your thesis. 


Mass surveillence Bill C-51 will not protect civilians from homegrown terrorism and threaten the Canadian Charter of Rights. 


Bill C-51 will protect Canadians from terrorism
Bill C-51 threatens the Charter of Rights of Canadians and is not an effective means to fight terrorism

Developing a Research Topic

This short video demonstrates to students how to develop an appropriate topic for a research paper by considering goals, approaches, topic scope and helpful resources.

(University of Victoria, 2012)

Canada and Terrorism

Using Social Analysis, brainstorm your topic. Think about ideologies, assumptions, perspectives, and critical thinking questions (p. 28-49 of course textbook) Brainstorm your ideas and thoughts using a mind map (

Mind Map - Terrorism and Canada

Concept Mapping: Student Examples GNED500 Winter 2016

Student Concept Map - Consumerism and Consumption

TOPIC: Consumption and Consumerism


Student Concept Map - Feminism in the Middle East

TOPIC: Feminism in the Middle East


Student Concept Map - Israeli Apartheid: Justifiable Description?

TOPIC: Israeli Apartheid: Justifiable Description?


Student Concept Map - Religious Fundamentalism in the Middle East

TOPIC: Religious Fundamentalism in the Middle East


Student Concept Map - Syrian Crisis

TOPIC: Syrian Crisis

Research as Inquiry

Research as Inquiry refers to an understanding that research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers prompt additional questions or lines of inquiry in any field.

  • Formulate questions for research appropriate to scope and based on information gaps
  • Evaluate information from a variety of perspectives in order to shape your own knowledge base


Group Activity: Developing a research topic

In groups, brainstorm topic using background information, knowledge, and critical thinking questions in GNED500 course textbook. Each group shares findings as a concept map. Try answering questions such as:

  • what interested you in the topic?
  • what about the topic do you know already?
  • what are potential subtopics?
  • who, what, where, when, how
  • perspectives, ideaologies, social analysis



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