English Research question assignment


Paper #3: Research Paper

English 1121

10 points

Research Question Assignment EXAMPLE FILLED OUT

By now, you have an idea of what you want to write about for the Research Paper. You know that the topic must be a current controversy within a community of which you are a member. (We are using the word “member” loosely; you don’t have to be an “official” member with a certificate or anything!) You know that you must be undecided about the issue.

Answer the following questions:

1. What exactly is the controversy?

a. The controversy is whether international adoption should be maintained or abolished. Proponents argue that international adoption offers children who need a home a chance to have a loving family and grow up in a stable and nurturing environment. Opponents argue that children are taken from countries where they are in the majority race and moved to countries where they are a minority. This international move causes the children to lose their homeland, culture, and native language. Additionally, there are controversies about costs as international adoption is extremely expensive, and some argue adoptive families are taken advantage of by foreign governments. There are arguments about creating interracial families as well. Each country has a separate list of pros and cons due to the unique circumstances and legal rules/laws within the country.

2. What is the community?

a. The community is the international adoption community, which is comprised of adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth families, as well as social workers and other government employees in both countries.

3. How do you belong/fit in to or with this community?

a. I belong to this community as an adoptive parent. My husband and I adopted our daughter from South Korea several years ago. We love her completely and wouldn’t change our participation. We also have friends who were adopted from Korea as children and so entered into the process with a positive mindset. However, both during and after completing the process, we have heard many arguments against international adoption, and we are concerned about the moral and ethical implications.

4. What keeps you undecided about this issue?

a. I love my daughter dearly and in some ways find it hard to argue against a practice that unites families and gives children a loving home. I would certainly not change our decision to adopt. I can’t imagine life without her. However, I have read memoirs from Korean adoptees who are angry about having no choice in being removed from their home country, their language, and their culture. Often families enter into the process only thinking of the positive immediate outcome and not the long-term effects. Additionally, the process is long, convoluted, and expensive, in a way that often will leave out families with space in their heart for a child but not the bank balance to afford it. Legally, the process is ever-changing, and it’s difficult to keep up with the governmental changes on both sides of the issue. Some countries, like South Korea, are developed countries with the infrastructure (but perhaps not the mentality) to care for their children put up for adoption.

5. What do you need to learn in order to take a stance on the issue?

a. I would need to perhaps narrow my topic to a particular country since each country has pros and cons and different requirements for adoptive parents (such as income level, body fat percentage, etc.) I would need to know more about the costs associated with that country, the level of long-term happiness of the adoptees. I would have to know about the living conditions of the orphans in their birth country and what life would have in store for them if not adopted internationally. I am trying to decide if I should research more about South Korea or choose another country. It might be too close to me to write about South Korea, so I’m thinking I’ll focus on India.

6. Where do you think you’ll find the most valuable and reputable information?

a. I think I’ll have to look widely in varied databases for books, magazine articles, newspaper articles, and journals. I’ll need to perhaps explore government law (both U.S. and India) and see how much information I could get from a local adoption agency that works with India. I have quite a bit of information about the U.S. side of the adoption process. I could see if there’s a family who adopted from India who would be willing to give me an interview or perhaps an adoptee from India.

A research question is the overall issue in the form of a question. It’s the question that guides your research. It’s the question for which you want to find an answer. Type your research question below. (Keep in mind that often these questions start with the word “should.”)

Should international adoption from India be maintained or abolished?