Syed Hussamuddin Ahmed Course name: Instructor: Date: 04 / 11 / 2010 There is no hope of doing perfect Research (Griffiths, 1998, p97) Research implies ‘searching again’. It is a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it (http://www. oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary. com/dictionary/research). Research can be Qualitative or Quantitative (Research, wikipedia) It is a methodical investigation into a subject in order to discover facts, to establish or revise a theory or to develop a plan of action based on the facts discovered (Research, Microsoft Encarta Dictionary, 2009).
Data is collected on a particular subject from various sources. Psychology differs from person to person, because of this the synthasised information results in inaccuracy. Results derived from a research never change in a perfect research. But this is rare. Thompson laid down his atomic model resembling a water melon, and electrons embedded in an atom, as seeds in a water melon. Later, Bohr proved the electrons to be in motion, and hence Thompson’s model to be inappropriate.
Dobernier discovered that the elements present during his period, when arranged in the order of their increasing atomic masses, the mass of the middle element equals the average mass of the immediate preceding and succeeding elements. Modern Periodic Table proved this theory inapplicable for all the 117 elements known presently. Inventions and discoveries seem to be perfect momentarily. But later its imperfections would be proved. Quest for knowledge, improvisation of the present inventions and discoveries, or dissatisfied nature of the human beings compels them into researching. Human minds tend to be illogical at times.
Experiments fail at times leading towards no hope of doing perfect research. Research, according to Umardaud of www. expertcolumn. com, will always have imperfections, but quality and quantity will improve in the direction of perfection. (Umardaud, p. 1) “Home assignments- a boon or a curse”, was the topic in my grade 9, in 1980. Mixed responses proved the efforts futile. Conclusion was that, studious children liked it, but the playful did not. Results of the survey stated that 80 percent did not like to be assigned any work, as only 100 colleagues exhausted with overwork were interviewed.
Now, this was a biased survey. “Corporal punishments at schools”, was the topic to be researched in 1985,in my Engineering first year. Students without spankings showed marked improvement compared to the students who were not. A father of three children has noticed that his second son does wonders only when parents are firm. Youngest son just needs to be instructed. So, no research is perfect All above findings clearly prove that there is no hope of doing a perfect research. Research on a subject continues… _____________________________________
Oxford’s Advanced Learners’ Dictionary 2010 Oxford University Press www. oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary. com http://www. oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary. com/dictionary/research November 2, 2010.
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