Saturday, 1 June 2013

There is no hope for Doing Perfect Research.

There is no hope of doing perfect research (Griffiths, 1998, p97). Do you agree?
             First before I agree or disagree with the statement by Griffiths I would like to bring to your understanding the meaning of the noun research. Research can elaborated as a systematic inquiry and examination of something in order to come up with facts. It is systematic because it involves the use of a method to perform analysis with the goal of obtaining facts to previously accepted theories. The words hope and perfect can be termed as self-explanatory but for the sake of your understanding I would briefly describe each word. ‘Hope can be defined as a state of mind or feelings like expectations promoting positive belief in the findings in an individual’s life. Perfect or perfection can be explained as the state of no errors.
           I agree with Griffith’s statement that there is no hope for doing perfect research for a number of reasons. With an assumption that research was perfect we would not have improvements and modifications to the existing findings. For instance after the invention of computers we would have been contented with the first huge space consuming computers by Professor Howard Aiken other than engaging in studies that lead to  the discovering of microcomputers and other existing technologies.
          Research is not perfect and neither will it be since it is characterized by the search of knowledge to come up with solutions to existing or previous problems. Knowledge is dynamic and new things come by in our daily lives so to my understanding research is far from being perfect in any aspect. In some cases research findings are predetermined by the researcher’s attitude thus overriding the true outcome.
        I would like to discuss in my view at least two examples of researches done so as to project my point of agreeing with Griffith’s statement. These examples depicts a clear case of research having been not perfect.
       With the invention of cell phones a lot of researches have been done regarding its source of power that is the battery. In the early days cellphone use was regulated mostly in cars because of its large battery needs. Only a few models could be carried and used outside a vehicle bit this came with a price since they were built into briefcases. The briefcases were used to hold the large battery cells to power them. Those batteries could not last long. With a few modifications the cell phones became smaller in size thus improving their portability.
           In the current days we are talking of smartphones which are thinner and much more efficient. A research by the University of Southern California proved that it is actually possible to charge your cell phone in a much less time and last long. The new battery is anticipated to eliminate the battery recharging problem and allow devices to be dependent thus efficient use in divers regions. In the near future we may have devices running without batteries, or even batteries that does not require recharging to power devices.
          Before my graduation at Mount Kenya University I helped a colleague do a research to investigate the factors affecting the financial performance of deposit taking and credit societies in North rift region of Kenya. In order to achieve the purpose of the study we had to address the objectives which were to; determine the effects of capital adequacy on financial performance, establish effects of information system on financial performance and to find out the effects of liquidity asset management policy on financial performance.
        With the current findings from a published research it is evident that levels of liquidity asset management policy has no significant effect on financial performance of deposit taking in credit societies which is contrary to our findings. This got me questioning our research and yes research is not perfect because facts keeps on changing and we keep on satisfying our curiosity with the current findings.
The fact sands that research is not perfect it can only be defended with concrete findings but that would not eliminate inaccuracy and questioning of the facts.

"There Is No Hope of Doing Perfect Research” (Griffiths, 1998, P97). Do You Agree?" 01 2011. 01 2011 <>.
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