In this chapter, we address seven basic questions:
1. How can research ideas be derived from reflecting on one's own experiences and beliefs?
2. How can research ideas be derived from theory?
3. How can research ideas be derived from previous research?
4. Are there any general strategies of generating research ideas that that can be applied to one's own experience, theory, and analysis of research?
5. Why do many scientists value theory-based research so highly?
6. What makes a good theory?
7. How can an abstract research idea be converted into a testable research hypothesis?