Should research be useful … and to whom?

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Lawrence Sternberg when taking about creativity (Sternberg, 1999) talks about the important of creativity in the personal, local and wider sphere in terms of who (or what community) this had impact on and I am veering towards thinking of the usefulness of research in the same way.

So I would stick my neck out a bit here and say that yes research (esp. practitioner research) ought to be useful and indeed intend to “do no harm” whilst accepting that if you are open and honest, and the people you are researching with and on (now there’s one to bite back on) are aware of what’s going on and the purpose, then the resultant findings might not be positive for all.

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