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Monday, October 16, 2006

What is Research

What is Research
research for beginners
What is Research?
Research: careful, systematic, patient study and investigation in some field of knowledge, undertaken to discover or establish facts or principles.
[Webster’s New World Dictionary]

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A brief and simple fact sheet series about research. Compiled by the University of New South Wales as part of the NSW Primary Health Care Research Capacity Building Program, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
What is research?

To understand how a research-minded perspective can help you in your work it is worth first of all being reminded of what research actually is.
Research can be broadly defined as:

a form of systematic enquiry that contributes to knowledge.

There are many ways to classify or categorise research, e.g. by academic discipline, method of data collection or purpose. More often research is separated into pure or academic research and applied research. This polarisation can be unhelpful, particularly in social work and social care research where the relationship between research, practice and theory development (new knowledge) is a more dynamic one with each dimension usefully informing the others.


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