Do you ever wonder why research is so essential in education? What impact does it really have on teaching and learning?
These are questions that plague many students and educators alike.
According to experts, here are the reasons why research is important in the field of education.
Joseph Marc Zagerman, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Project Management, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Wisdom is knowledge rightly applied. Conducting research is all about gaining wisdom. It can be an exciting part of a college student’s educational journey — be it a simple research paper, thesis, or dissertation.
As we know, there is primary research and secondary research:
- Primary research is first-hand research where the primary investigator (PI) or researcher uses a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methodology approach in gaining original data. The process of conducting primary research is fascinating but beyond the scope of this article.
- In contrast, secondary research examines secondhand information by describing or summarizing the work of others. This article focuses on the benefits of conducting secondary research by immersing oneself in the literature.
Research develops students into becoming more self-sufficient
There are many benefits for college students to engage in scholarly research. For example, the research process itself develops students into becoming more self-sufficient.
In other words, students enhance their ability to ferret out information regarding a specific topic with a more functional deep dive into the subject matter under investigation.
The educational journey of conducting research allows students to see the current conversations taking place regarding a specific topic. One can parse out the congruity and incongruity among scholars about a particular topic.
Developing one’s fundamental library skills is a tremendous upside in becoming self-sufficient. And yet another benefit of conducting scholarly research is reviewing other writing styles, which often enhances one’s reading and writing skills.
Conducting an annotated bibliography is often a critical first step in conducting scholarly research. Reviewing, evaluating, and synthesizing information from several sources further develops a student’s critical thinking skills.
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Furthermore, in becoming immersed in the literature, students can recognize associated gaps, problems, or opportunities for additional research.
From a doctoral perspective, Boote & Beile (2005) underscore the importance of conducting a literature review as the foundation for sound research and acquiring the skills and knowledge in analyzing and synthesizing information.
So, if conducting research is beneficial for college students, why do some college students have problems with the process or believe it doesn’t add value?
First off, conducting research is hard work. It takes time. Not to make a sweeping generalization, but some college students embrace a “fast-food” expectation of academic assignments.
For example, finish a quiz, complete a discussion board, or watch a YouTube video and check it off your academic to-do list right away. In contrast, conducting a literature review takes time. It’s hard work.
It requires discipline, focus, and effective time management strategies.
Yet, good, bad, or indifferent, it remains that the process of conducting research is often perceived as a non-value-added activity for many college students. Why is this so? Is there a better way?
From an educational standpoint, research assignments should not be a “one and done.” Instead, every course should provide opportunities for students to engage in research of some sort.
If a student must complete a thesis or dissertation as part of their degree requirement, the process should begin early enough in the program.
But perhaps the most important note for educators is to align the research process with real-world takeaways. That builds value. That is what wisdom is all about.
Dr. John Clark, PMP
Corporate Faculty (Project Management), Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Research provides a path to progress and prosperity
The research integrates the known with the unknown. Research becomes the path to progress and prosperity. Extant knowledge, gathered through previous research, serves as the foundation to attaining new knowledge.
The essence of research is a continuum.
Only through research is the attainment of new knowledge possible. New knowledge, formed through new research, is contributed back to the knowledge community. In the absence of research, the continuum of knowledge is severed.
Reminiscent of the continuum of knowledge, the desire and understanding to conduct research must transcend into the next generation. This magnifies the relevance to convey the techniques and the desire to seek new knowledge to the younger generations.
Humbly, it is argued that education possibly serves to facilitate the importance of research. The synergy between research and education perpetuates the continuum of knowledge.
Through education, the younger generations are instilled with the inspiration to address the challenges of tomorrow.
It plants the seeds for scientific inquiry into the next generation
Research, whether qualitative or quantitative, is grounded in scientific methods. Instructing our students in the fundamentals of empirically-based research effectively plants the seeds for scientific inquiry into the next generation.
The application and pursuit of research catalyze critical thinking. Rather than guiding our students to apply pre-existing and rote answers to yesterday’s challenges, research inspires our students to examine phenomena through new and intriguing lenses.
The globalized and highly competitive world of today effectively demands the younger generations to think critically and creatively to respond to the new challenges of the future.
Consequently, through research and education, the younger generations are inspired and prepared to find new knowledge that advances our community. Ultimately, the synergy between research and education benefits society for generations to come.
Professor John Hattie and Kyle Hattie
Authors, “10 Steps to Develop Great Learners“
Research serves many purposes
Imagine your doctor or pilot disregarding research and relying on experience, anecdotes, and opinions. Imagine them being proud of not having read a research article since graduation. Imagine them depending on the tips and tricks of colleagues.
Research serves many great purposes, such as:
- Keeping up to date with critical findings
- Hearing the critiques of current methods of teaching and running schools
- Standing on the shoulders of giants to see our world better
Given that so much educational research is now available, reading syntheses of the research, hearing others’ interpretation and implementation of the research, and seeing the research in action helps.
What matters most is the interpretation of the research — your interpretation, the author’s interpretation, and your colleagues’ interpretation. It is finding research that improves our ways of thinking, our interpretations, and our impact on students.
There is also much to be gained from reading about the methods of research, which provide ways for us to question our own impact, our own theories of teaching and learning, and help us critique our practice by standing on the shoulders of others.
Research also helps to know what is exciting, topical, and important.
It enables us to hear other perspectives
Statements without research evidence are but opinions. Research is not only about what is published in journals or books, but what we discover in our own classes and schools, provided we ask, “What evidence would I accept that I am wrong?”
This is the defining question separating research from opinion. As humans, we are great at self-confirmation — there are always students who succeed in our class, we are great at finding evidence we were right, and we can use this evidence to justify our teaching.
But what about those who did not succeed? We can’t be blind about them, and we should not ascribe their lack of improvement to them (poor homes, unmotivated, too far behind) but to us.
We often need to hear other perspectives of the evidence we collect from our classes and hear more convincing explanations and interpretations about what worked best and what did not; who succeeded and who did not; and were the gains sufficient.
When we do this with the aim of improving our impact on our students, then everyone is the winner.
It provides explanations and bigger picture interpretations
Research and evaluation on your class and school can be triangulated with research studies in the literature to provide alternative explanations, to help see the importance (or not) of the context of your school. And we can always write our experiences and add to the research.
For example, we have synthesized many studies of how best parents can influence their children to become great learners. Our fundamental interpretation of the large corpus of studies is that it matters more how parents think when engaged in parenting.
For instance, the expectations, listening and responsive skills, how they react to error and struggle, and whether their feedback was heard, understood, and actionable.
Research is more than summarizing; it provides explanations and bigger picture interpretations, which we aimed at in our “10 steps for Parents” book.
Dr. Glenn Mitchell, MPH, CPE, FACEP
Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Research gives us better knowledge workers
There is a tremendous value for our society from student participation in scientific research. At all levels – undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. —students learn the scientific method that has driven progress since the Enlightenment over 300 years ago.
- They learn to observe carefully and organize collected data efficiently.
- They know how to test results for whether or not they should be believed or were just a chance finding.
- They learn to estimate the strength of the data they collect and see in other scientists’ published work.
With its peer review and wide visibility, the publication process demands that the work be done properly, or it will be exposed as flawed or even falsified.
So students don’t just learn how to do experiments, interviews, or surveys. They learn that the process demands rigor and ethical conduct to obtain valid and reliable results.
Supporting and educating a new generation of science-minded citizens makes our population more likely to support proven facts and take unproven allegations with a grain of salt until they are rigorously evaluated and reviewed.
Thus, educating our students about research and involving them with hands-on opportunities to participate in research projects gives us better knowledge workers to advance technology and produce better citizens.
Chris A. Sweigart, Ph.D.
Board Certified Family Physician | Education Consultant,
Research plays a critical role in education as a guide for effective practices, policies, and procedures in our schools.
Evidence-based practice, which involves educators intentionally engaging in instructional practices and programs with strong evidence for positive outcomes from methodologically sound research, is essential to ensure the greatest probability of achieving desired student outcomes in schools.
It helps educators have greater confidence to help students achieve outcomes
There are extensive options for instructional practices and programs in our schools, many of which are promoted and sold by educational companies. In brief, some of these works benefit students, and others don’t, producing no results or even negatively impacting students.
Educators need ways to filter through the noise to find practices that are most likely to actually produce positive results with students.
When a practice has been identified as evidence-based, that means an array of valid, carefully controlled research studies have been conducted that show significant, positive outcomes from engaging in the practice.
By choosing to engage in these practices, educators can have greater confidence in their ability to help students achieve meaningful outcomes.
There are organizations focused on evaluating the research base for programs and practices to determine whether they are evidence-based.
For example, some websites provide overviews of evidence-based practices in education while my website provides practical guides for teachers on interventions for academic and behavioral challenges with a research rating scale.
Educators can use these resources to sift through the research, which can sometimes be challenging to access and translate, especially for busy teachers.
It supports vulnerable student populations
Schools may be especially concerned about the success of vulnerable student populations, such as students with disabilities, who are at far greater risk than their peers of poor short and long-term outcomes.
In many cases, these students are already behind their peers one or more years academically and possibly facing other challenges.
With these vulnerable populations, it’s imperative that we engage in practices that benefit them and do so faster than typical practice—because these students need to catch up!
That said, every minute and dollar we spend on a practice not supported by research is a gamble on students’ well-being and futures that may only make things worse.
These populations of students need our best in education, which means choosing practices with sound evidence that are most likely to help.
If I were going to a doctor for a serious illness, I would want them to engage in practice guided by the cutting edge of medical science to ensure my most significant chance of becoming healthy again. And I want the same for our students who struggle in school.
Will Shaw PhD, MSc
Sport Scientist and Lecturer | Co-founder, Sport Science Insider
Research creates new knowledge and better ideas
At the foundation of learning is sharing knowledge, ideas, and concepts. However, few concepts are set in stone; instead, they are ever-evolving ideas that hopefully get closer to the truth.
Research is the process that underpins this search for new and better-defined ideas. For this reason, it is crucial to have very close links between research and teaching. The further the gap, the less informed teaching will become.
Research provides answers to complicated problems
Another key concept in education is sharing the reality that most problems are complicated — but these are often the most fun to try to solve. Such as, how does the brain control movement? Or how can we optimize skill development in elite athletes?
Here, research can be used to show how many studies can be pulled together to find answers to these challenging problems. But students should also understand that these answers aren’t perfect and should be challenged.
Again, this process creates a deeper learning experience and students who are better equipped for the world we live in.
Basic understanding of research aids students in making informed decisions
We’re already seeing the worlds of tech and data drive many facets of life in a positive direction — this will no doubt continue. However, a byproduct of this is that data and science are commonly misunderstood, misquoted, or, in the worst cases, deliberately misused to tell a false story.
If students have a basic understanding of research, they can make informed decisions based on reading the source and their own insight.
This doesn’t mean they have to mean they disregard all headlines instead, they can decide to what extent the findings are trustworthy and dig deeper to find meaning.
A recent example is this BBC News story that did an excellent job of reporting a study looking at changes in brain structure as a result of mild COVID. The main finding of a 2% average loss in brain structure after mild COVID sounds alarming and is one of the findings from the study.
However, if students have the ability to scan the full article linked in the BBC article, they could learn that:
- The measure that decreased by 2% was a ‘proxy’ (estimate) for tissue damage
- Adults show 0.2 – 0.3% loss every year naturally
- Some covid patients didn’t show any loss at all, but the average loss between the COVID and control group was 2%
- We have no idea currently if these effects last more than a few weeks or months (more research is in progress)
This is an excellent research paper, and it is well-reported, but having the ability to go one step further makes so much more sense of the findings. This ability to understand the basics of research makes the modern world far easier to navigate.
Teacher and Owner, GCSE Masterclass
It enables people to discover different ideas
Research is crucial to education. It enables people to discover different ideas, viewpoints, theories, and facts. From there, they will weigh up the validity of each theory for themselves.
Finding these things out for oneself causes a student to think more deeply and come up with their personal perspectives, hypotheses, and even to question widely held facts. This is crucial for independent thought and personal development.
To distortion and manipulation — a frighteningly Orwellian future awaits us if research skills are lost.
You only need to look at current world events and how freedom of the media and genuine journalistic investigation (or research) is distorting the understanding of the real world in the minds of many people in one of the most powerful countries in the world.
Only those who are able to conduct research and evaluate the independence of facts can genuinely understand the world.
Genuine research opens young people’s eyes to facts and opinions
Furthermore, learning how to conduct genuine research instead of merely a Wikipedia or Google search is a skill in itself, allowing students to search through archives and find material that is not widely known about and doesn’t appear at the top of search engines.
Genuine research will open young people’s eyes to facts and opinions that may otherwise be hidden. This can be demonstrated when we look at social media and its algorithms.
Essentially, if you repeatedly read or “like” pieces with a specific worldview, the algorithm will send you more articles or videos that further back up that view.
This, in turn, creates an echo chamber whereby your own opinion is repeatedly played back to you with no opposing ideas or facts, reinforcing your view in a one-sided way.
Conducting genuine research is the antidote.
Lastly, by conducting research, people discover how to write articles, dissertations, and conduct their own experiments to justify their ideas. A world without genuine, quality research is a world that is open.
Pritha Gopalan, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Learning, Newark Trust for Education
It allows us to understand progress and areas of development
Research is vital in education because it helps us be intentional about how we frame and document our practice. At The Trust, we aim to synthesize standards-based and stakeholder-driven frames to ensure that quality also means equity.
Research gives us a lens to look across time and space and concretely understand our progress and areas for improvement. We are careful to include all voices through representative and network sampling to include multiple perspectives from different sites.
Good research helps us capture variation in practice, document innovation, and share bright spots and persistent challenges with peers for mutual learning and growth.
This is key to our work as educators and a city-based voice employing and seeking to amplify asset-based discourses in education.
Research represents stakeholders’ aspirations and needs
When done in culturally sustaining and equitable ways, research powerfully represents stakeholder experiences, interests, aspirations, and needs. Thus, it is critical to informed philanthropy, advocacy, and the continuous improvement of practice.
Our organization is constantly evolving in our own cultural competence. It embodies this pursuit in our research so that the voices of the educators, families, children, and partners that we work with are harmonized.
This is done to create the “big picture” of where we are and where we need to get together to ensure equitable and quality conditions for learning in Newark.
Educator | Human Resources and Marketing Manager, SpeakingNerd
Research makes the problem clearer
In the words of Stanley Arnold, “Every problem contains within itself the seeds of its own solution.” These words truly highlight the nature of problems and solutions.
If you understand a problem thoroughly, you eventually approach closer to the solution for you begin to see what makes the problem arise. When the root of the problem is clear, the solution becomes obvious.
For example, if you suffer from headaches frequently, your doctor will get specific tests done to understand the exact problem (which is research). Once the root cause of the headache becomes clear, your doctor will give you suitable medicines to help you heal.
This implies that to reach a solution, it is crucial for us to understand the problem first. Research helps us with that. By making the problem clearer, it helps us pave closer to the solution.
As the main aim of education is to produce talented individuals who can generate innovative solutions to the world’s problems, research is of utmost importance.
Research boosts critical thinking skills
Critical thinking is defined as observing, understanding, analyzing, and interpreting information and arguments to form suitable conclusions.
In today’s world, critical thinking skills are the most valued skills. Companies look for a candidate’s critical thinking skills before hiring him. This is because critical thinking skills promote innovation, and innovation is the need of the hour in almost every sector.
Further, research is one of the most effective ways of developing critical thinking skills. When you conduct research, you eventually learn the art of observing, evaluating, analyzing, interpreting information, and deriving conclusions. So, this is another major reason why research is crucial in education.
Research promotes curiosity
In the words of Albert Einstein, “Curiosity is more important than knowledge.” Now, you may wonder why so? Basically, curiosity is a strong desire to learn or know things. It motivates you to pursue an everlasting journey of learning.
Every curious individual observes things, experiments, and learns. It seems that knowledge follows curiosity, but the vice versa is not true. An individual may gain a lot of knowledge about multiple things despite not being curious. But, then, he might not use his knowledge to engage in innovation because of the lack of curiosity.
Hence, his knowledge might become futile, or he may just remain a bookworm. So, curiosity is more important than knowledge, and research promotes curiosity. How?
The answer is because research helps you plunge into things. You observe what is not visible to everyone. You explore the wonders of nature and other phenomena. The more you know, the more you understand that you don’t know, which ignites curiosity.
Research boosts confidence and self-esteem
Developing confident individuals is one of the major goals of education. When students undertake the journey of research and come up with important conclusions or results, they develop immense confidence in their knowledge and skills.
Related: Why is Self Confidence Important?
They feel as if they can do anything. This is another important reason why research is crucial in education.
Research helps students evolve into independent learners
Most of the time, teachers guide students on the path of learning. But, research opportunities give students chances to pave their own learning path.
It is like they pursue a journey of learning by themselves. They consult different resources that seem appropriate, use their own methods, and shape the journey on their own.
This way, they evolve into independent learners, which is excellent as it sets the foundation for lifelong learning.
Chief Program Development Officer and Co-founder, Tiny Hoppers
Research helps revamp the curriculum and include proven best techniques
Research is critical in education as our world is constantly evolving, so approaches and solutions need to be updated to best suit the current educational climate.
With the influx of child development and psychology studies, educators and child product development experts are honing how certain activities, lessons, behavior management, etc., can impact a child’s development.
For example, child development research has led to the development of toy blocks, jigsaws, and shape sorters, which have proven to be linked to:
- Spatial thinking
- Logical reasoning
- Shape and color recognition
There is no one-size-fits-all when approaching educational practices; therefore, we can revamp the curriculum and include proven best techniques and methodologies by continuously researching past strategies and looking into new tactics.
Effective teaching requires practical evidence approaches rather than making it a guessing game.
The combination of work done by child educators of all ages, and research in child development psychology allow new developments in toys, activities, and practical resources for other educators, child care workers, and parents. Such ensures children can reap the benefits of child development research.
It enables a better understanding of how to adapt methods of instruction
In addition, with all of the various learning styles, researching the diversity in these types will enable a better understanding of how to adapt methods of instruction to all learners’ needs.
Child development research gives educators, child care workers, and parents the ability to guide the average child at specific age ranges, but each child is unique in their own needs.
It is important to note that while this is the average, it is up to the educator and childcare provider to adapt accordingly to each child based on their individual needs.
Education Technology Expert | Founder, My eLearning World
It’s the most important tool for expanding our knowledge
Research is an integral part of education for teachers and students alike. It’s our most important tool for expanding our knowledge and understanding of different topics and ideas.
- Educators need to be informed about the latest research to make good decisions and provide students with quality learning opportunities.
- Research provides educators with valuable information about how students learn best so they can be more effective teachers.
- It also helps us develop new methods and techniques for teaching and allows educators to explore different topics and ideas in more detail.
- For students, research allows them to explore new topics and develop critical thinking skills along with analytical and communication skills.
In short, research is vital in education because it helps us learn more about the world around us and improves the quality of education for everyone involved.
It creates better experiences and improves the quality of education
Research continues to be so important in education because we should constantly be improving as educators. If one of the goals of education is to continually work on making a better world, then the face of education a century ago shouldn’t look the same today.
You can apply that same logic on a shorter scale, especially with the technological boom. So research is a way that educators can learn about what’s working, what isn’t, and what are the areas we need to focus on.
For example, we focus purely on distance learning, which means we need to innovate in a field that doesn’t have a ton of research yet. If we’re being generous, we can say that distance education became viable in the 1990s, but people are just now accepting it as a valid way to learn.
Since you can’t necessarily apply everything you know about traditional pedagogy to an online setting, It’s an entirely different context that requires its own study.
As more research comes out about the effectiveness and understanding of this type of education, we can adapt as educators to help our students. Ultimately, that research will help us create better experiences and improve the quality of distance education.
The key here is to make sure that research is available and that teachers actually respond to it. In that sense, ongoing research and continual teacher training can go hand-in-hand.
It leads to more effective educational approaches
Research in the field of language learning is significant. We’re constantly changing our understanding of how languages are learned. Over just the last century, there have been dozens of new methodologies and approaches.
Linguists/pedagogues have frequently re-interpreted the language-learning process, and all of this analytical research has revolutionized the way we understand language.
We started with simple Grammar Translation (how you would learn Latin), and now research focuses on more holistic communication techniques. So we’ve definitely come a long way, but we should keep going.
Now with distance education, we’re experiencing another shift in language learning. You don’t need to memorize textbook vocabulary. You don’t need to travel abroad to practice with native speakers.
Thanks to ongoing research, we’ve developed our own method of learning Spanish that’s been shown to be 10x more efficient than traditional classroom experiences.
So if we’ve been able to do so, then maybe someone will develop an even better methodology in the future. So research and innovation are only leading to more effective educational approaches that benefit the entire society.
Research helps everyone in the education field to become better
This stands in both the public and private sectors. Even though we’re an education business, public schools should also be adapting to new ways to utilize distance learning.
As more technology becomes readily available to students, teachers should capitalize on that to ensure everyone receives a better education.
There is now a vast body of research about technology in the language classroom, so why not take advantage of that research and create better lesson plans?
So as new research appears, everyone in the education field will become a better teacher. And that statement will stand ten years from now. Education needs to adapt to the needs of society, but we need research to know how we can do that appropriately.
James Bacon, MSEd
Director of Outreach and Operations, Edficiency
Research gives schools confidence to adopt different practices
Research in education is important to inform teachers, administrators, and even parents about what practices have been shown to impact different outcomes that can be important, like:
- Student learning outcomes (often measured by test scores)
- Graduation and/or attendance rates
- Social-emotional skills
- College and/or job matriculation rates, among many others
Research can give insights into which programs, teaching methods, curricula, schedules, and other structures provide which benefits to which groups and thus give schools the confidence to adopt these different practices.
It measures the impact of innovations
Research in education also enables us to measure different innovations that are tried in schools, which is also essential to push the field of education further.
It also ensures that students learn individually and collectively more than those we’ve educated in the past, or at least in different ways, to respond to changes and help shape society’s future.
Research can give us the formal feedback to know if innovations happening in classrooms, schools, and districts across the country (and the world) are having the intended impact and whether or not they should be continued, expanded, discontinued, or used only in specific contexts.
Without research, we might continue to innovate to the detriment of our students and education system without knowing it.
Business English Coach, Speak Proper English
It provides numerous advantages to explore profession
Developing a research-based approach to enhance your practice gives you the evidence you need to make changes in your classroom, school, and beyond.
In the light of the ongoing discussion over what works and why, there are numerous advantages to exploring your profession, whether for immediate improvement via action research and, more broadly, for acquiring awareness and knowledge on topics of interest and significance.
There are several advantages to incorporating research into your practice. This is why research is a part of teacher education from the beginning.
Research can be used to:
- Assist you in discovering solutions to specific issues that may arise in your school or classroom.
- Support professional knowledge, competence, and understanding of learning
- Connect you to information sources and expert support networks.
- When implementing change, such as curriculum, pedagogy, or assessment, it’s important to spell out the goals, processes, and objectives.
- Improve your organizational, local, and national grasp of your professional and policy environment, allowing you to educate and lead better strategically and effectively.
- Inside your school and more broadly within the profession, develop your agency, impact, self-efficacy, and voice.
- Each of these may entail an investigation based on evidence out of your environment and evidence from other sources.
Although research methodologies have progressed significantly, the importance of research alone has grown.
We’ve seen online research gaining popularity, and the value of research is increasing by the day. As a result, companies are looking for online access researchers to work with them and carry out research for accurate data from the internet.
Furthermore, research became a requirement for survival. We’ll have to do it nonetheless. We can’t make business judgments, launch businesses, or prove theories without extensive research. There has been a lot of effort to create research a base of info and advancement.
CEO and Founder, Typeset
It offers factual or evidence-based learning approach
It’s evident that research and education are intertwined! On a broader spectrum, education is something that you perceive as a fundamental part of your learning process (in your institutions, colleges, school, etc.).
It improves your skills, knowledge, social and moral values. But on the other hand, research is something that you owe to as it provides you with the scientific and systemic solution to your educational hardships.
For example: Research aids in implementing different teaching methods, identifying learning difficulties and addressing them, curriculum development, and more.
Accordingly, research plays a significant role in offering a factual or evidence-based learning approach to academic challenges and concerns.
And the two primary benefits of research in education are:
Research helps to improve the education system
Yes, the prime focus of research is to excavate, explore and discover a new, innovative, and creative approach to enhance the teaching and learning methods based on the latest educational needs and advancements.
Research fuels your knowledge bank
Research is all about learning new things, data sourcing, analysis, and more. So, technically, research replenishes your knowledge bank with factual data.
Thus, it helps educators or teachers develop their subject knowledge, aids in-depth harvest erudition, and increases overall classroom performance.
Chaye McIntosh, MS, LCADC
Clinical Director, ChoicePoint Health
It improves the learning curve
Research, I believe, is a fundamental part of education, be it by the student or the teacher.
When you research a topic, you will not just learn and read about stuff related to the topic but also branch out and learn new and different things. This improves the learning curve, and you delve deeper into topics, develop interest and increase your knowledge.
Academically and personally, I can grow every day and attain the confidence that the abundance of information brings me.
It builds up understanding and perspective
Research can help you build up understanding and perspective regarding the niche of choice; help you evaluate and analyze it with sound theories and a factual basis rather than just learning just for the sake of it.
Educationally, it can help you form informed opinions and sound logic that can be beneficial in school and routinely. Not only this, when you do proper research on any educational topic and learn about the facts and figures, chances are you will score better than your classmates who only have textbook knowledge.
So the research will give you an edge over your peers and help you perform better in exams and classroom discussions.
Attorney, Inc and Go
Solid research is a skill you need in all careers
That goes double for careers like mine. You might think that attorneys learn all the answers in law school, but in fact, we know how to find the answers we need through research.
Doctors and accountants will tell you the same thing. No one can ever hold all the knowledge they need. You have to be able to find the correct answer quickly. School is the perfect place to learn that.
Research enables you to weigh sources and find the best ones
How do you know the source you have found is reliable? If you are trained in research, you’ve learned how to weigh sources and find the best ones.
Comparing ideas and using them to draw bigger conclusions helps you not only in your career but in your life. As we have seen politically in the last few years, it enables you to be a more informed citizen.
Research makes you more persuasive
Want to have more civil conversations with your family over the holidays? Being able to dig into a body of research and pull out answers that you actually understand makes you a more effective speaker.
People are more likely to believe you when you have formed an opinion through research rather than parroting something you saw on the news. They may even appreciate your efforts to make the conversation more logical and civil.
As for me, I spend a lot of time researching business formation now, and I use that in my writing.
Research helps build holistic knowledge
Your background will cause you to approach a topic with a preconceived notion. When you take the time to see the full context of a situation, your perspective changes.
Researching one topic also expands your perspective of other topics. The information you uncover when studying a particular subject can inform other tangential subjects in the future as you build a greater knowledge of the world and how connected it is.
As a result, any initial research you do will be a building block for future studies. You will begin each subsequent research process with more information. You will continue to broaden your perspective each time.
Research helps you become more empathic
Even if you don’t change your mind on a subject, researching that topic will expose you to other points of view and help you understand why people might feel differently about a situation.
The more knowledge you gain about how others think, the more likely you are to humanize them and be more empathetic to diverse viewpoints and backgrounds in the future.
Research teaches you how to learn
Through the research process, you discover where you have information gaps and what questions to ask in order to solve them. It helps you approach a subject with curiosity and a willingness to learn rather than thinking you have the right answer from the beginning.
Owner, GIGA calculator
It helps us learn about the status quo of existing literature
The starting point of every scientific and non-scientific paper is in-depth literature research.
It helps to:
- gather casual evidence about a specific research topic
- answer a specific scientific question
- learn about the status quo of existing literature
- identify potential problems and raise new questions
Anyone writing a scientific paper needs evidence based on facts to back up theories, hypotheses, assumptions, and claims. However, since most authors can’t derive all the evidence on their own, they have to rely on the evidence provided by existing scientific (and peer-reviewed) literature.
Subsequently, comprehensive literature research is inevitable. Only by delving deeply into a research topic will the authors gather the data and evidence necessary for a differentiated examination of the current status quo.
This, in turn, will allow them to develop new ideas and raise new questions.
Co-Founder, Academia Labs LLC
Research supplements knowledge gaps
In the academe, research is critical. Our daily lives revolve around research, making research an integral part of education.
If you want to know which restaurant in your area serves the best steak, you’d have to research on the internet and read reviews. If you want to see the procedure for making an omelet, you’d have to research on the internet or ask your parents. Hence, research is part of our lives, whether we want it or not.
It is no secret that there are a lot of knowledge gaps in the knowledge pool. Research is the only thing that can supplement these gaps and answer the questions with no answers.
It will also provide the correct information to long-debated questions like the shape of the Earth and the evolution of man.
With every information readily available to us with just a click and a scroll on the internet, research is crucial in identifying which data are factual and which are just fake news. More than that, it helps transfer correct information from one person to another while combating the spread of false information.
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