Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dynamic and Static Research

I am writing a brief viewpoint paper about the dynamism vs. stasis in research approach. In this paper I try to explain that almost all sorts of studies are, or at least should be, dynamic and flexible in terms of their direction and scope. By dynamism in research, I mean we are not able to prepare all steps and predict all aspects of a research project in advance. This is somehow inevitable in qualitative and exploratory studies, and the researcher has to follow the new directions which appear during the course of research. The emergent horizons in research provide us with great opportunities for more creativity and innovation. Of course, this change of direction doesn’t mean that we should easily forget the initial research aims and objectives. It only shows the fundamental flexibility in the nature of research. I’ll explain this issue in the future posts in more details.