Saturday, 24 January 2015

MY DILLEMA

What is research?
Yesterday I attended a national conference on ‘Economics, Infrastructure and Development’, had written a paper for the same. After delivering my presentation, the person perusing the event responded, only those people who have some methodology to show present the papers, if they have opinions in their paper it’s not a research paper. Agreed sir, he was right; but I wanted to speak and justify, give a point. My embarrassment was so profound that I couldn’t; but then sharing a thought with friends, getting their feedback always helps…so am here.
My first question  : Why is it that we always have to follow set steps, I mean write it directly that first intro, then research question, objectives, methodology,…why we can’t give different headings- the purpose remains same having a question, reviewing some literature based on that ,do some findings and reach the conclusion- something that synchronizes with our topic , make it little interesting, maybe so that somebody who’s not from academics could also understand… it looks monotonous…but then I don’t consider myself somebody who’s attained full knowledge of things…I am still exploring…but this question hounds me …so if any answers kindly help….  
Also, why can’t we be a little informal while speaking, if we are always formal, the connection with the audience doesn’t come along…again my opinion…correct me on this if I am wrong…
Third question: If it was an economics conference …was I from media and literature background an outsider there, not acceptable…agree again I might not be a knower of your subject but where it affects my subject could I speak on that or ,did I make a joker of myself…please give some opinion…You can help…maybe I was actually wrong…and can rectify…
Fourth question: back to square one…is quantitative analysis always superior…we know quantifying humans, their preferences and opinions will have errors …but then I hear it from many Quantitative matters…so correct me again here…enlighten me why qualitative is inferior compared to the former…
Your thoughts will help me so plz respond…