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What is research?
Research is about exploring specific topics in a systematic way. Researchers hope that people will apply their research findings to practical situations.
When we think of research, we often think about the kind of research that people in universities conduct. In fact, many people, including literacy providers, do research as part of their everyday work. Think about these scenarios.
- An adult educator reflects on a lesson she has just presented. She knows she could improve it next time around, so she reads some articles or books on the topic. She is doing research.
- People who collect the oral histories of elders are researching the cultural traditions of a specific group of people.
- A family literacy provider who goes online to find age appropriate activities for a family literacy event is doing research.