What makes a good research?
By Dr. Ignatius Gwanmesia
To make a good research you must know what research is. What is the purpose of the research or what is the research question. Basically, research is a study, aninvestigation or inquiry undertaken to improve or add to ones knowledge; add toexisting knowledge or to prove or disprove a hypothesis.
“Research is seeking through methodological processes to add to one’s own body of knowledge and hopefully, to that of others, by the discovery of non-trivial facts andinsights” Howard and Sharp, (1983, p.6)“Research is conducted to solve problems and to explain knowledge” Drew, (1980,p. 4)“Research is a systematic way of systematic way of asking questions, a systematicmethod of enquiry” Drew, (1980, p. 8)Thus, after identifying the problem that needs to be investigated, a good researchshould use appropriate methodology in a systematic way to arrive at a systematicobjective.
1. A good research should be well planned.
This may entail doing a pilot study; consulting the library to discover what isalready known about the subject
2. A good research should have a targeted audience.
Find out who is interested in the research. Of what relevance is the research toPolicy or practice?
A good research should have a very well-defined objective or hypothesis.
In research, it is of the essence to establish; what is known so far about the topicand to refine the objective of the research so that it is very specific. For example,