Essay on Research Methodology

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RESEARCH
METHODOLOGY
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Reference:
1. Dawson, Catherine, 2002, Practical Research Methods, New Delhi, UBS
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2. Kothari, C.R.,1985, Research Methodology- Methods and Techniques, New Delhi,
Wiley Eastern Limited.
3.Kumar, Ranjit, 2005, Research Methodology-A Step-by-Step Guide for
Beginners,(2nd.ed.),Singapore, Pearson Education.
RESEARCH:
a way of examining your practice…
Research is undertaken within most professions.
More than a set of skills, it is a way of thinking: examining critically the various aspects of your professional work.
It is a habit of questioning what you do, and a systematic examination of the observed information to find answers with a view to
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The difference between research and non-research activity is, in the way we find answers: the process must meet certain requirements to be called research. We can identify these requirements by examining some definitions of research.
The word research is composed of two syllables, re and search. re is a prefix meaning again, anew or over again search is a verb meaning to examine closely and carefully, to test and try, or to probe.
Together they form a noun describing a careful, systematic, patient study and investigation in some field of knowledge, undertaken to establish facts or principles.
Research is a structured enquiry that utilizes acceptable scientific methodology to solve problems and create new knowledge that is generally applicable.
Scientific methods consist of systematic observation, classification and interpretation of data.
Although we engage in such process in our daily life, the difference between our casual day- to-day generalisation and the conclusions usually recognized as scientific method lies in the degree of formality, rigorousness, verifiability and general validity of latter.
CHARACTERISTICS OF RESEARCH:
Research is a process of collecting, analyzing and interpreting information to answer questions. But to qualify as research, the process must have certain characteristics: it must, as far as possible, be controlled, rigorous, systematic, valid and verifiable,

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