Creativity in Research
What is Research?
Research is a form of enquiry that aims to find answers to questions that would fill a gap in an existing knowledge base, resolve anomalies in that knowledge base, or add to the existing stock of the knowledge base. Here the knowledge refers to any subject or discipline or combination thereof.
Depending on the stage of the research enquiry, different types of questions are asked, and answers sought through different actions. Some of these questions require a greater emphasis on the critical appraisal of existing knowledge and observations, and data. Many other questions are speculative and open ended, requiring a more creative approach to address them. All stages however require some measure of both types of thinking (see Appendix 1: Creative Behavior).
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