The Nature and Characteristics of Educational Research

The nature of educational research is analogous with the nature of research itself, which is systematic, reliable and valid to find the “truth”, investigates knowledge, and solves problems (William Wiersma, 1991). Moreover, educational research process involves steps to collect the information in order to investigate problems and knowledge. However, the educational research is more complex because it can use various approaches and strategies to solve problems in educational setting. It also can involve many disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, behaviour, and history. In addition, educational research is important because of contributing knowledge development, practical improvement, and policy information (John W.Creswell, 2005). Therefore, educators can use those research findings to improve their competences and teaching and learning process.

Furthermore, the characteristics of educational research are a part of its nature. According to Gary Anderson (1998), there are ten characteristics of educational research. I tried to classify those into three categories, which are the purpose of research, the procedures of research, and the role of researcher. The purposes of research are to solve the problems, investigate knowledge, and establish the principles in educational phenomena. In short, it focuses on solving the problems and developing knowledge. Furthermore, procedure is an important characteristic of educational research, which involves colleting data with accurate observation, objective interpretation, and verification. Finally, researchers need to be experts and familiar with their field of study, using the data to develop solutions and increase knowledge. The researchers also need to be patient and careful to use every step of research’s procedures to achieve the purpose of research.

36 responses to this post.

  1. i want to know more about this.


    • Posted by yulirahmawati on July 17, 2009 at 2:09 am

      Hi, Ernestina..hope not to late…please let me know which part that you need . I have several good references on it..just send an email..;))


  2. Posted by Peaches on September 21, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I want to know the following:

    1. Why is it important to conduct educational research?
    2. The are at least five ways to acquire knowledge; Why is the scientific method of acquiring knowledge regarded as the most reliable method?
    3. What are the two major types of research and why each type is so labelled?


    • Posted by yulirahmawati on November 7, 2009 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Peaches..

      Thanks for the must be long answer. In the Research Method that I teach, these questions are parts of the assignments. We can discuss it through my email on, especially on the discussion of why scientific method becomes hegemony in acquiring knowledge :))

      Waiting for your responds..



  3. salam… can i get some references too? need to do my educational research next semester. :)


  4. Posted by sadia on June 5, 2010 at 2:18 am


    i am feel to be proud as female that women also done a big job like u.


    we students are so nuch confused between research and scientific method.

    what are the basic characteristics of educational research?


  5. Posted by Amelia Ngayaan on November 10, 2010 at 7:16 am

    nature and characteristic of education


  6. Posted by dawood abdollahi on November 22, 2010 at 5:41 am

    I want to know about:
    1-Nature , structure and assumptions of science
    2-Various tools of science: concepts, constructs, definition, hypothesis, theoriees, laws and models.


  7. Posted by yaseen on December 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    i want to know the steps in research,and types of research?


  8. Please,i need answers to this question: “Discuss the purpose of educational research” and if possible in Ghana.


  9. hi! i just want to know what are the natures and characteristics of learning..thank you!


  10. Posted by samena on July 27, 2011 at 8:38 am

    salam i have some questions releted to educational research would u plz assist me via email


  11. can you post this to our email


  12. can you post this to our email?


  13. Posted by Omidiora kingsley on May 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Pls i need more on *the NATURE of research with references


  14. Posted by Raphael onyi val on June 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    It is intresting and educative


  15. Posted by Raphael onyi val on June 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    It is intresting and educative.but is educational research art or science or combination of both.


  16. Posted by jen on July 21, 2012 at 3:40 am

    i want to know how does research in education assist in policy maker in making education more responsive?


  17. Posted by piuokwe on August 19, 2012 at 5:29 am

    What are the base characteristics of educational research


  18. Posted by atul on October 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    veery nice for help me


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  20. Posted by Shallu on February 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I want to know about the need and scope of educational research in detail


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  22. Posted by Tilaye dejene on September 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm

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  23. Posted by Tilaye dejene on September 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Would you help me on educationa research?


  24. Posted by Akram hussain on October 27, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Discover the nature and scope of educational rerearch.


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  28. Posted by revocatus ngasa on January 18, 2015 at 10:00 am

    hi! is that the end of your notes on nature and c’s of educational research? or still more others because is so interesting


  29. pls wat is really d nature of educational research



  30. Posted by choto sarimo on February 9, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Hie can you please assist me on this question.”Discuss the characteristics of educational research.”I also need some references.


  31. Salam,
    Thank you for the wonderful job to humanity. I appreciate yoiur effort and pray Almighty will reward.please i want you to help with materials on Educational Research and how to analyse my data. I am Ph.D student wants to carry-out my reseach studies in the area.
    Ahmed Muhammed.


  32. My questions are as follows» what are the features of a good research? How can I collect data differently and arrived with the same result when dealing with one problem?


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