What is Research?

Today we had a bit of refreshment session in order to remind ourselves about the meaning and importance of research, as well as remember the different types/aspects of research.

First we asked ourselves what research was in general. My response to the question was that:

“Research is to go out of your way to learn and understand more about something by reading/listening/watching informative sources about it.”

Next we went through a reminder about the different forms of information which go into research: qualitative, quantitive, Primary and Secondary.

qualitative: research refers to how detailed and valid the information gathered from the sources. For example, gathering a higher quality pieces of information from trusted sources is qualitative (although you can still get larger amounts high quality information). Qualitative information is well often seen as the more desired source of information as it means that the information that you do get is more likely to be correct and helpful to your objective.

Quantitive: research refers to how much information has been gathered from the research itself. Instead of using just one or two sources of information for research, quantitive information can be a mass of information from different sources and locations, creating one final piece of information for use. An example of this can be seen within mass handouts of questionnaires to people in public places. Qantitive information is only often used by business or groups who wish to obtain a large amount of question results within a short amount of time.

Primary: research refers to infomration that you yourself research in order to gain firsthand information for an objective. Anything that does not come from a secondhand will often count as primary information as it will made solely by you or a college. An example of this could be going to an event itself in order to gather information about it, rather than just reading about it in the news.

Secondary: research refers to any form information that you obtain from an outside source, in other words, any information that was recorded by someone else before you used it for research. An example of this could be as simple as reading a book to research information, or asking someone else to obtain the research for you (e.g. an organisation who does the research for other businesses in return for payment).



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