I read a fabulous and somewhat confronting quote this week by Zora Neale Hurston who said that “Research is formalised curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”
This got me to thinking a little about some of the verbs we use in the learning and development space and whether they have allowed us to play safe with our learning activity.
The word ‘research’, in its contemporary application, certainly isn’t always about curiosity and prying and nor is it always connected to purpose. In fact, I think we’ve dumbed down that version of research to be more about collecting and locating. These are lower order thinking verbs and they serve not to transform but to sustain business growth.
Research just shouldn’t be as simple as Googling or YouTubing a term to find what already exists. It should be about analysis, exploration, hypothesis testing and evaluation of approach. Research should tell us something that we don’t already know, rather than just confirm something we already suspected.
After all, very few people pry into the business of others to find out things they already knew! We really do need something fresh and juicy from that level of investigative effort.
I’d like us commence a “dumbing up” of words like ‘research’ in our teams. Only then will we be able to take pride in it and truly discover something new and gamechanging.
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