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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

There is no hope of doing a perfect research (Griffiths, 1998, p97). Do you agree?

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Research can be defined as a unique investigation or undertaking performed with the purpose of opening up new knowledge and enhancing the available skills. Although the need for accurate research results cannot be downplayed, previous researches that have been conducted in different areas have failed to produce concurring results (Nipissing University). This has mean that the research processes, from planning of the research to data analysis processes, are largely biased. When scientists and technologists conduct research exploits which produces results that concur with certain assumptions and theories, their researches are hence relied upon. But when similar researches are conducted in different areas by different groups and the results differ widely it puts to question the dependability of the data received from such researches. 
On the other hand exploits in advanced science and technology has produced equipments and methods that can be used to accurately determine the outcomes of events without performing real researches. The presence of such advanced systems has greatly affected real research undertakings that were early witnessed and now the begging question remains “is there hope in doing perfect research?”
Perfect researches are supposed to apply ideal criterion to ensure that the results are uncompromised and unbiased. However it has been observed that most of the research processes, i.e. research question formulation, research undertaking, data analysis and making deductions from the research data, are often affected by the researchers desires (Mehra 15). Ideally a researcher is not supposed to be biased even if the outcomes will not favor his/her perceived answers but many researchers do researches to confirm ideas they already profess.
Results from a research conducted by a local scholar concluded that there is no harm in using plastic paper bags as the amount of fumes produced by them are negligible. Against a common believe that has been plastic bags are responsible for global warming, the research indicated that large amounts of the fumes emanating from burning of this plastic bags are eventually absorbed by water bodies and other vegetations that renders them least harmful to the environment. Another previous research conducted on the same subject, conversely to the results of this research concluded that use of plastic paper bags should be reduced because all methods used for disposing them are harmful to the environment (Mehra p.10). This research indicated that burning of plastic paper bags produces fumes that have been responsible for destruction of the ozone layer.
Another research conducted to establish the importance of eating fish established that consumption of fish related diets reduces the risks of contracting heart diseases considerably. This research indicated people that consume fish regular have very low chances of getting heart problems. But many scholars have since come up with research data and facts to show that there is no correlation between consumption of fish and heart diseases (Katan p.1024). These two examples go a long way in negating need for performing perfect researches. Perfect research should take large sample data and represent the target subjects fairly without leaving room for others to overturn the deductions of the research work (1025). 
When a perfect research is conducted other researchers in the same area should not serve to disapprove the results but they should be targeted to expand the knowledge already availed by the first research. Availing of disputable research data only serves to discourage other researchers and the general population on the application of the data. The availability of simulation systems that can produce near idea research environment has also discouraged a large percentage of scientists and technologists from conducting real researches based on real research environments.

Work Cited
Katan, Martijn. Fish and Heart Disease. The New England Journal of Medicine. 332 (1995):1024-1025. Web. October 12, 2011.
Mehra, Beloo. Bias in qualitative research: Voices from an online classroom. The Qualitative Report, 7(1). 2003. Web. October 12, 2011.
Mehra, Beloo. (2002, March). Bias in qualitative research: Voices from an online classroom. Web. October 12, 2011.
Nipissing University. Definition of Research used by the University Research Council. 2010. Web. October 12, 2011.

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