Conspicuous Elevations and the High Art of Posing the Right Question


Hall discusses his personal connection with mountains as an important factor in his research and reflects on how one best selects a research question. By learning more we realize what isn’t known, and so we begin to identify what cries out for greater understanding. As guidance, he offers the criteria of 5 Ps: personal interests; practical matters (such as logistics and scale); procedural concerns (review of literature), professional considerations (what topics are important in the scholarly community?), and public issues (is the topic relevant to non-academics?).