What we are witnessing today in the world in terms of development, is as a result of decades of research. There is so much knowledge that can be generated through research studies. Educators and scientists emphasize research because they know that it holds the key to solving all the problems that affect man. So many people have been involved in research in different areas and they have produced credible results that have even transformed the world. However these researchers had their own limitations that made their research imperfect despite their achievements. The issue of error makes it impossible to achieve a perfect research as stated by Griffith (97).
Research refers to the process through which new knowledge is generated in a particular area by collecting and analyzing information, data and facts. Research undertakings make conclusions that are based on the findings that come from the collected data and information. In social sciences for instance, qualitative and quantitative approaches are used to generate new knowledge on specific issues that affect humanity. Quantitative research involves descriptive statistics in which the researcher has to deal with figures and facts that concern the issue under investigation. In essence, this type of research is organized in such as way that numerical data is collected analyzed and interpreted using the most appropriate tools. In the course of carrying out the different stages of quantitative research, error is bound to occur. The incidence of error at any stage during research has the potential of influencing the end results of the research hence making it imperfect (Kerlinger 18).
Research studies that have been done in the past by scholars can be used to justify the claim that there is no hope for a perfect research. In their social inquiry study, Xabier Agirre Aranburu have investigated the issue of sexual violence. Their study was titled "Sexual Violence beyond Reasonable Doubt: Using Pattern Evidence and Analysis for International Cases", and it was significant in creating more knowledge on how to control sexual violence. The study has used a secondary analysis approach where information that has been presented by other sources has been explored so as to provide answers to the issue under investigation. Despite generating useful information, this study was not perfect because it based its findings entirely on what has been done in the past by other researcher. The researchers might have made some errors by being biased in one way or the other (Xabier 855).
Another study titled "Rape-accepting attitudes of university undergraduate students" by Talbot, Neill, SANE-A and Rankin. This survey used a number of respondents who gave their views on the issue of rape. The study provided crucial information on the need to support the victims of rape in the society. However this was not a perfect study in view of the fact that the respondents were not the real victims of rape, hence they were entitled to their own views and opinions. They survey could have also been biased to some extent in the selection of respondents (Talbot, Karen, SANE and Ranking 170).
In conclusion, it is essential to emphasize that there is no hope for a perfect research. There are some errors that cannot be avoided in the course of carrying out quantitative research. The two studies the clearly demonstrated how research can be used to generate important knowledge, yet they are not perfect. Limitations in their methodology can be cited by critics of their research. It is on the basis of such findings that this paper agrees with the assertion that there is no hope for a perfect research.
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