Research entails collection of data, information and facts about a certain subject. The information, data, and facts, may be collected from secondary or primary sources. It is a systematic and detailed process of looking for knowledge and understanding about a given topic. Therefore, the process of research may involve several steps so as to reach the pre-determined objective. Research may be carried out to verify the relevance of the facts given by another previously done research. I choose to agree with Griffiths’ declaration that there is no hope of doing a perfect research.
This does not imply that all the investigations that have been carried out is flawed. Knowledge brought about by Isaac Newton’s research on the force of gravity has stood the test of time. Very many other researchers have built on the foundations of his research. For research to be accurate, investigation must be methodical and trail a sequence of steps (Grinnel and Unrau 76). This calls for proper planning, which includes undertaking in-depth literature reviews of earlier research and putting down the questions to be answered.
Through research, man has been able to gain more information on already researched area which has led to the emergence of new theories. Abraham Maslow suggested the hierarchy of needs motivation theory. The facts from this theory were used to suggest the two-factor theory of motivation by Frederick Herberg (Milliken and Honeycutt 73). This shows that research can not be completely perfect. It acts as a foundation for other research projects to be carried out. Research ensures that learners take part in the learning process and understand.
Research can be of many types. It can be qualitative or quantitative, historical, experimental, developmental or case-study. From any of the above types, there is no guarantee of perfection of the research findings. A number of errors may be made by the researcher when collecting data, interpretation of the data or during its presentation. Such errors may occur due to sampling unpredictability or measurement accuracy. Errors are a common occurrence in research projects, thus the need for searching for information in already done research.
Sometimes research may be imperfect because some information may be omitted. Before February 18th, the year 1930, information from previously done research stated that the solar system had had eight planets. This was later disapproved by Clyde Tombaugh’s research which added Pluto as the ninth planet (Kumar 59). The facts of Clyde’s research were later changed as Pluto was classified as not being a planet in the year 2006. This was because Pluto did not have the specific requirements for it to be classified as a planet. Clyde must have ignored some information during his classification of Pluto as a planet, and this had to be rectified later. This proofs that no research can be perfect.
In conclusion, the statement "There is no hope of doing perfect research" is true. If research were to be perfect, then there could have been no use of looking for knowledge. Knowledge is gained by studying the proposed researches and finding mistakes in them or gaining more information concerning them.
Grinnel, R. and Unrau, Y. Social Work Research and Evaluation: Foundations of Evidence- based Practic, 8th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. Print.
Kumar, R. World Famous Discoveries. New Delhi: Pustak Mahal, 2003. Print.
Milliken, M. and Honeycutt, A. Understanding Human Behavior: a guide for Health-care providers, 7th ed. New York: Thomson Inc, 2004. Print.