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Research Questions

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

Spatial science research describes and explains the distribution of social and physical phenomena over the earth’s surface. Such research problems exist and may be analyzed across a vast spectrum of traditional scientific disciplines. Indeed, by focusing on spatial variation as a key element of discovery, spatial science seeks to uncover relationships between human and physical parameters that are not typically addressed in traditional social and natural science disciplines. Unlike many other forms of scientific analysis, spatial science does not operate solely within a single, closed theoretical framework (such as mechanical physics), but may mesh the methods of disparate source disciplines. What spatial science shares with all other forms of scientific analysis, however, is the need to pose clear, answerable questions within a research design that is coherent and logical. Collectively, this process is known as research design. In this chapter, the core task of articulating the research question is considered.

Keywords

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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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