What do want to learn
What we already know
What we're going to do
Share our data
See others' data
Picturing the data
What does data mean?
What do we do now?
When a well designed experiment is performed and sense
is made of the collected data, solutions to the research question become
clear. Others can learn from these experiments. This is part
of how research adds to new knowledge.
Think back to the experiment you conducted:
- Were you able to answer the research question?
- Were there problems with the experiment that kept you
from finding the answer to the question?
- Can you make changes or adjustments to the research study
so that you can answer the question?
- Can these questions provide more proof to support your
- What would those changes be?
|Think back to all of the things you did in conducting
this research. You sent in much more data than what was necessary
to answer our original research question. Take a look at some of
that information. Are there any patterns in this new data?
Is this creating any new questions for you?
As you were working on this research project did any
||Are there other methods that could be tried?
Are there other solvents that
could be tried?
Does the brand of a particular solvent affect the
ability of the solvent?
|Does the brand of Kool-Aid or mustard have an effect
on the stains and how easily it is removed?
||What about the cloth you used? Are there some variables
with the type of cloth that the shirt is made of that would have an effect
on the results of your research?
We invite you to share the new questions with others.
|To find answers to any of these
new questions, you will need to conduct more research. To answer
a new question, you will need to conduct a search for more background information.
You will need to design an experiment to answer the question. Don’t
forget, others must be able to repeat your experiment. You will need
to collect data and then make sense of it. Finally, you put it all together
in your conclusion.
If it sounds to you like the process
is starting all over again, you're right. True research is never
really finished. We invite you to conduct research of a spin-off
question on your own. After you've done so, we want you to share
what you have found. You can publish
your research paper on our web site so that others can benefit from your