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Nature of research apr 2011


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brief overview of the nature of research

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Nature of research apr 2011

  1. 1. Nature of Research D.Min. Graduate Writing Seminar
  2. 2. Research as Inquiry <ul><li>Research assumes a question </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who, What, When, Where, How, or Why? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alone or in combination. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research assumes an answer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discovering someone else’s answer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discovering your own answer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discovering someone else’s answer for yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research is reading and writing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read to find questions and possible answers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write to present to others what you have found </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Topics, Problems, Questions <ul><li>Role of Reading </li></ul>General Reading Reading in “your field” Topical reading to find a question Research reading to answer a question
  4. 4. Importance of Reading <ul><li>To understand background of an issue </li></ul><ul><li>To be able to discuss issues intelligently </li></ul><ul><li>To recognize underlying presuppositions of those who work with an issue </li></ul><ul><li>To learn to ask good questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>and to recognize good answers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To look for gaps in the discussion of the issue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unasked questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incomplete answers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ineffective implementation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To prepare yourself to write about the issue </li></ul>