August 19, 2008

Looking for perfect research?

A colleague of mine said, 'there is no perfect research'. I certainly agree with this statement. In fact, I regard each research study as a journey, a journey of learning and there is no perfect learning as well. Even though the outcome of learning could be assessed and the learner might score 100% in this assessment, that doesn't mean the learner had learnt perfectly. The results of learning are not limited to the outcomes set by the instructors or teachers. For example, I always came out with ideas that were provoked by the sayings of my research supervisors, which sometimes surprised them. I regard that as the 'follow through' effect of learning, which is not the explicit learning outcome but it is definately the result of learning. Because of the existence of such effect in learning, there will not be the so-called perfect learning. Same goes with the so-called perfect research. Sometimes, even an unsuccessful research--those which failed to reach desired research outcomes, could generate 'follow through' results which might be useful to the researcher or the research itself.

In a word, stop looking or planning for perfect research. Just do it!


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