Spatial Science and Its Traditions

  • Jay D. Gatrell
  • Gregory D. Bierly
  • Ryan R. Jensen


Research design is the critical process that transforms an idea, interest, or question from “just a thought” into a meaningful and purposeful investigation of social or physical processes. The central emphasis of research design is the process itself. For this reason, research design does not refer to the end product, the results, a new grand theory, or a specific methodology. Rather, research design is an iterative process that is an on-going negotiation between the researcher, peers, and the standards of good science. This process transcends discipline, epistemology, or subfield. Indeed, social and natural scientists alike must undertake the same steps to distill the essence of a research question and design a successful project.


Geographic Information System Geographic Information System Research Proposal Innate Interest Grand Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jay D. Gatrell
    • 1
  • Gregory D. Bierly
    • 1
  • Ryan R. Jensen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Earth & Environmental SystemsIndiana State UniversityTerre HauteUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeographyBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA

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