- What’s wrong with starting research with a thesis statement? When is it okay to start with one?
- How comfortable are you with the possibility of never finding “answers” to your research?
- How do you do research? What tools and tips do you have/use?
1.It’s wrong to start a research with a thesis statement because since there’s no doubt or ambiguity, you’re letting readers think that you have all the answers to the problem or questions. You’re disregarding the other perspectives on this topic since your’e just focusing on one, which is yours. Best way to start one a thesis is after you collected sources on what it is your’e trying to portray, have time to change your thesis in time. One method would be a ‘Preliminary Research’, “the kind of research that often leads to new ideas and important choice”(A Writing Process, Vinetta Bell)
2. When it comes to a possibility of never finding “answers” to my research, I can’t help but feel uncomfortable because your sole purpose is to write that one thing you know about. But’ I’d rather find more facts or ideas on the topic than settle down with one answer. Leaving this workshop with more knowledge then I did walking in.
3. For starters open ended questions is a great hook. Also to keep the mentality of “embracing an uncertainty and feel comfortable knowing we might not always have an answer when we begin a research project.” Another tool is introducing life lessons on the topic, if can. Lastly, spread ideas and different thoughts on the topic, like a small counter claim.