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Understanding the Purposes of Research

Describe the four major purposes of research. Through this, you will show your understanding of the various types of social-science research by defining and describing each of the following four main research purposes:
1. Exploratory
2. Descriptive
3. Explanatory
4. Application (Evaluative and Policy Analysis)

In a minimum of 500 - 600 words:
The 4 purposes of research
The relationship among the 4 purposes,
Provide an example for each type of research

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Understanding the Purposes of Research

Describe the four major purposes of research. Through this, you will show your understanding of the various types of social-science research by defining and describing each of the following four main research purposes:

1. Exploratory 2. Descriptive 3. Explanatory 4. Application (Evaluative and Policy Analysis)

When researchers attempt to explore a topic, the use of exploratory research is the suggested type of research as a large amount of research is done to gain perspective or create theories about new topics. Focus groups and small discussion groups are used for this type of market research. The main three reasons for exploratory research are to satisfy the curiosity and desire of the ...

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Understanding the Purposes of Research

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