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yogesh779 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM via web

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What are the various purposes of research ?

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 21, 2010 at 10:21 PM (Answer #1)

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Purpose for research is generally classified into one of four categories:

  1. exploratory: to explore a new subject or problem - that has very little previous findings or conclusions; explores the problem and presents trends, patterns, possibilities and hypotheses
  2. descriptive: presents a problem or subject as it already exists; main purpose is to obtain, identify and present previous studies on a particular issue (often used in combination with another mode of research)
  3. analytical: starts with descriptive research, then creates conclusions by exploring or analyzing the relationships in the presented findings; purpose is to understand a problem by idenfying its causes and effects.
  4. predictive: takes descriptive and analytical research one step further, and predicts the problem happening again or somewhere else, based on the evidence surrounding its previous occurances.

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