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Research involves systematic investigation of phenomena which we seek to explore, describe, explain, and predict.

Four purposes

Research can be conceptualised as exhibiting one or more of the following four purposes:

  1. Exploratory: e.g., discovering, uncovering, exploring
  2. Descriptive: e.g., summarising, gathering info, mapping
  3. Explanatory: e.g., testing and understanding causal relations
  4. Predictive: e.g., predict what might happen in various scenarios

These quiz questions provide some practical examples of research studies and their purpose.

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