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Writing a research question

Possible questions:
1. Departmental leadership and school improvement: a case of selected schools
in South West Education Division (SWED)
Problem: This is not a question. A research question should actually end with
a question mark ?. The idea is not clear. Is it assessing the relationship
between the two, or what?
2. The role of heads of department in transforming the school: a case of
selected schools in South West Education Division (SWED)
Problem: This is not a question. A research question should actually end with
a question mark ?. Please also note that the idea is using technical terms
which may become complicated to operationalize in research. The work
transform is not clear.
3. The role of heads of department in school improvement: a case of selected
schools In South West Education Division (SWED)
Problem: This is not a question. A research question should actually end with
a question mark ?. Again, school improvement is not clear i.e. you can
improve school in many way. Better be clearer.
4. Assessing the effectiveness of heads of department in secondary schools: a
case of selected schools in South West Education Division (SWED)
Problem: This is not a question. A research question should actually end with
a question mark ?. In addition, the work effectiveness is a technical word
that is specifically used in economics. One better be careful.
5. Effectiveness of heads of department in secondary schools: a case of
selected schools in South West Education Division (SWED).
Problem: This is not a question. A research question should actually end with
a question mark ?. As stated above, be careful with the use of
effectiveness.
6. What role do heads of department play in school improvement? - a case of
selected schools in South West Education Division (SWED)
This is a question. It actually ends with a question mark ?. It is clear from
the question that the researcher will be looking for specific roles of HoDs.
However, school improvement is not clear. Improvement could mean exam
performance, or hygiene, or interpersonal relations, or any other thing.
Therefore, the question can be improved.
7. To what extent do heads of department practice transformational leadership
in secondary schools from the South West Education Division (SWED)?

This is a question. It actually ends with a question mark ?. It is clear from


the question that the researcher will be looking for the degree of institutional
leadership as practiced by HoDs. One expects that the researcher will define
instructional leadership, its components. Then the researcher will observe,
either by questionnaire or direct observation how HoDs are practicing these.