Practical Application of Research Skills


Practical Applicationof Research Skills

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Research andReferencing

Use of references is quite an important factor in every discussion orresearch work. It gives credibility to whatever point the researchauthor is trying to prove. Referencing can be of great help in tryingto prove agreement or disagreement with another researcher orscholars work. Referencing sort of brings about a subconscious debatebetween the researcher and the referees with the reader as theaudience (Kerr, 2014).

In reference to the commentary “adult education and the socialmedia revolution” by Marvin LeNoue, Myron A. Eighmy, Tom Hall, Theusage of referencing has remarkably used. For instance under thetopic digitally mediated learning, the authors incorporate statementsmade by other scholars on the topic. A great example is when theywant to prove how technology is greatly needed and would be ofimportance to adult education they quote “Self-directed learning islargely unconstrained in terms of time and location and hastraditionally been a primary affordance of distance education” byHolmberg who published this back in1995.

The authors of the article also reference Allen &amp Seaman from2010 when they want to bring about the statistics used in theirarticle to support their argument of the importance of adulteducation online and to build up on this idea.

Referencing is important in our everyday lives to help in emphasizinga position that you agree or disagree with (Oliver, 1994). I could bearguing with a friend about a concept, and he could not believe me orthe facts I stated. In class whenever we are holding a discussionwith the lecturer, and I feel that I am in disagreement with mylecturer, I use credible scholarly sources to prove my points. Thusshows the importance of references both in research and in oureveryday endeavors.


Kerr, P. (2014). Research

Oliver, P. (1997). Research.Chicago, Ill: NTC Pub. Group.