Guides and Caveats to Topic Selection Copy Copy

3.2.1     Guides and Caveats to Topic Selection

  1. Guides

The following tit-bits will guide and ensure effective topic selection for research work.

  1. It is expedient that one ensures that the problem billed for investigation exists and is recognized by many as a problem.
  2. The investigator should ensure that the topic corresponds to the available resources (in terms of time and money) for the work.
  3. Topic that does not lend itself to research should be discarded as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary waste of resources.
  4. Topics should be flexible. This means that it lends itself to modification as certain unforeseen variables emerge in the course of the study.
  5. Wisdom demands that guidance should be sought for when doubts arises.
  1. Caveats
  1. Do not choose any topic that has been studied and whose solutions already exist. There are however exceptions to this. Below are situations and circumstances where one can repeat a project topic already investigated:
    • To update on trend due to time lag.
    • To verify the reliability of the finding in a different geographical location.
    • To use different method and samples and check for any variations.
  2. Topics should not be chosen because it lends itself to the use of statistical methods of analysis. In any event, where the use of statistics is expedient, an expert advice may be sought during data analysis.
  3. As much as possible, topics should not be imposed on the researcher. This is more so in student project research work.