IV4 - IV.TheProcessofDiscovery

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IV. The Process of Discovery  Research can be “top down” or “bottom up.” You can have a general view of  how things work and want to expand or test that paradigm. Alternatively,  you may see a behavior and wonder why it works the way it does. Research  can be classified in terms of these strategic approaches. There are two  major classes of systematic research. Each class generates knowledge by  using a different logical approach.  This class of systematic research begins from some knowledge base,  attempts to extend that knowledge base by making a prediction, and then  verifies that extension by comparing the prediction to empirical results.  Discovery is made by specifically designing research to provide some result  which is consistent or inconsistent with the predictions of the theory. In  this regard the actual experimental procedure and results have no 
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