Articles
 The Challenge of Change
 Elul 24
 Elul 23
 Elul 22
 Elul 21
 Elul 20
 Elul 19
 Elul 17
 Elul 16
 Elul 15

Series [All]
 Administration
 Elul 5777 (9)
 Exploring Translation Theories (25)
 Memory and Identity
 Religion and Cultural Memory (51)
 The Creative Word (19)
 The Cross-Cultural Process (7)
 The Old Testament is Dying
 The Oral Gospel Tradition (4)
 We the People (8)

Archive
 

Sunday, 24 May 2015
Why do research?

Interviewing for Education and Social Science Research: The Gateway Approach,
Carolyn Lunsford Mears, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009, page 16

Lots of people ask this question: what are you doing this for? Mears provides her own answer:

Interviews offer opportunities to cross boundaries of understanding and to learn from the behaviours and life events of others, uncovering insights from the impacts of a situation, or a program, or a policy as revealed in human terms and then communicated in ways that can be used by the people who create the situations, or design the programs, or write the policies.

So it's about communication, right? But what does that do?

My reason for conducting research, quite simply, is to bring people closer to an understanding of the experiences of others so that situations and prgrams and policies can be better understood and, if necessary, improved.

That about sums it up, really. We are looking for improvement!

Posted By Jonathan, 8:00am Comment Comments: 0