Writing 01 - Conduct Research
The process of learning in a human being begins while the baby is still in the womb through inputs from the mother. Once the child comes into the world it starts assimilating everything that surrounds it. The mother and other family members are important elements in providing the necessary inputs for the child’s growth.
Once he starts going to school the young person begins to learn languages apart from his own mother tongue; foreign letters, words, grammar and speech. The school process helps the child to develop and learn. He begins to ask questions. Sometimes these questions are answered in text books or by teachers, parents or friends. Sometimes the questions don’t get answered and the child begins to wonder how he can find the answers to his questions. This is where the concept of research
enters into the child’s world.
In class, the teacher may ask the children to do their own research and get as much information as they can on a subject. Research is a structured process and involves a host of activities, such as identifying a subject, gathering information on the subject, identifying sources of information, collating the information and generating a report that disseminates information in a structured manner that others can understand.
The basic purpose of research is to generate new knowledge and validate existing knowledge. Research can be classified into quantitative research and qualitative research or applied research and basic research.
In quantitative research investigation is made on data that is observed and is usually backed up by mathematical analysis. In qualitative research behaviour is observed and information presented without mathematical analysis. Basic research deals with fundamentals whereas applied research deals with practical applications. The quiz that follows exposes you to the nuances of research.