What Are The Eight Characteristics Of Research?


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Danielle Joynson Profile
The eight most widely agreed upon characteristics of research are as follows:

Systematic procedures, Controlled procedures, validity, rigorousness, logicality, critical thought, objectivity and accuracy.

But are you sure you want to stop and limit yourself to eight characteristics? I say that as I say there are 10, and by a stroke of luck I’ve listed them below as I’ve done some serious research in my time. Man, it’s all so cyclical sometimes.

1.        Systematic: You have to employ valid procedures and principles.

2.        Reproducibility: Is your experiment/thesis designed flawlessly with clear procedures so that others can test your findings?

3.        Controlled: I’m guessing you have got a couple of variables? Keep as many of these variables constant.

4.        Empirical and objective: Only base data on what you see (direct observation) and not what you think or want to happen. Stick to the truth, even if it’s not what you expected.  This leads on to step five.

5.        Courage: Don’t be afraid of what you might find.

6.        Hypothetical: Equally don’t be afraid of sticking your neck on the line and giving an intelligent response to your data.

7.        Patience: Rushing your research could jeopardize your findings; slow it down and be meticulous.

8.        Analytical and critical: Dig deep in to the idea you are researching.

9.        Accuracy: Leave no stone unturned by conducting a careful and thorough investigation, if there are holes in your methodology your findings will be disregarded.

10.        Originality: This should go without saying but all work should be your own. Also originality should apply to the overall idea driving the work, why cover something that has been covered hundreds of times before? Your work will stand out if it tackles something new or something old from an interesting or different angle not thought of before.

Hope this helps!
alby ehtesham Profile
alby ehtesham answered
I know we Got 5 main characteristic well.
As I can explain;
research is systematic: A researcher should employ a structured procedure. From the beginning to the end should follow certain pre-established rules and regulations.

Research is logical: Without manipulating ideas logically, the scientific researcher cannot make much progress in any investigation.

Research is Reductive: As a practical phenomena, reductivity refers to reducing researcher's responsibility. This means that findings of one researcher is transferred to other researchers to prevent them from repeating, the same research. In other words, research is in most cases, additive. Findings are accumulated, sometimes from one generation to another, in order of scientists to use them in their endeavor to uncover the mysterious of nature.

Research is replicable:in such situations, in which other researchers are interested in previously investigated question, they may want to confirm the findings of previous research in new environment, with a new group of subjects, or at a different point in time.

Research is generative: This is one of the most valuable characteristics of research because answering one question leads to generating many other new questions.

I hope so it works on you friend.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
It's important to be organized and to make sure your research answers the question at hand. I personally like to research things from a variety of different sources to make sure that the information that I"m getting is the most widely accepted information. I typically go to the library and ask the librarian help me find books on a certain topic.  Then I page through the index to see which chapters look like they pertain to the subject I'm looking for. I peruse those books till I find the correct material and I directly quote the book when it seems appropriate. Of course, you can find information in magazines, newspapers, journals, etc when doing research. All of these should be directly quoted. (ie give info about the author, publication, etc)If you are doing scientific research then you need to think about control and test group., You need to make sure that you have outlined a clear hypothesis that can be controlled and are collecting statistical data in an efficient way. Hope this helps.
Richard Prangnell Profile
All successful research projects share the following eight characteristics:

1. Unlimited funding
2. Unattainable, long term objective(s)
3. Uncontrolled spending
4. Dubious science
5. Conclusion of interim results always advocate need for more research effort
6. Ever-widening remit spawning many spin-off projects over time
7. Unwillingness to ever end the "gravy train"
8. The Final Report never happens

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