Being good according to Webster's Universal Dictionary and Thesaurus (2005) means having the right and proper qualities. If these qualities are needed to achieve certain objectives, then success is a consequence of being good. That is, a good researcher should possess the right
and desirable properties or qualities in order to succeed in his researches.What are these good qualities of a researcher? One may say, “ all the good values. Just name it”. Yes, it’s true. However, it is just too broad to consider all of them. We can trim down the good values into more practical and specific.
To be more specific, let us divide these good qualities into three: The Basics qualities, the good qualities on the process, and the good qualities upon success. The basic qualities of a researcher are intelligence, honesty, curiosity and initiative, enough knowledge, and good in oral and written communication.
It cannot be denied that a researcher must be intelligent enough. Anyway, it is unlikely for a person who is not intelligent enough to ever think of doing a formal research and turn it to a book or a published article. Research requires critical analysis, logical reasoning and common sense. You don’t have to worry because if you are reading this article, it is likely that you are intelligent enough.
You may have the required intelligence but if you are not curious and initiative
enough, you will not find a reasonable problem for research study, specially these days where researches bloom and many of the easier problems had already been studied.
One may do research just to satisfy his hunger for knowledge or just for his own
advantage. Yes, satisfying oneself is a common human desire but it will be selfish and futile if you will not share your research after it is done. Sharing you research may be done through publications and presentations in seminars or conferences. Your skills in oral and written communication are important. In a seminar on presenting papers in conferences sponsored by the Philippine Association of Graduate Education (PAGE) Dr. Delfin (2012) pointed out that though being fluent in the language you use is of advantage, it should be remembered that the main purpose of the presentation is to SHARE your work. Thus, I may say that we have to build our confidence more on the substance of our work (that we are going to share) rather than just being too conscious of perfecting the language we are going to use for presentation. Non-verbal communication such as appropriate gestures, facial expressions, even smiles may also be of help. The bottom line: YOU MUST BE UNDERSTOOD.
Really, research is a serious one that it is often tedious. A healthy researcher can go through all the stresses and discomforts of research work. if it is time to relax, relax. It is time to
eat, eat( proper diet). If it is time to exercise, exercise, so that if it is time to go back to work on your research you can have a better focus.
Diligence and persistence, creativeness and innovativeness, objectiveness, open mindedness, orderliness and cleanliness, cautious, accuracy and precision, quickness and responsiveness, Keenness, systematic and reasonableness, and cooperation and leadership.Going to different libraries, sleepless nights surfing the internet, gathering data, repeating experiments- is not a joke. A good researcher is not just born overnight. Be ready with your diligence and patience.
A time when the data seem to be not reliable, the methods do not seem to work, and other irritating difficulties encountered in doing research. Don’t give up. Be creative in making things possible and be innovative in ways to solve the problems encountered in the process. Adjust, modify or even revise if you may, but don’t you quit. However, remember you should learn to follow ethical procedures in doing research.
Often time a researcher has his own expectations of the outcomes in which over-excitement may lead him to become bias either consciously or unconsciously. Be objective. Interpret data objectively. Do not manufacture or discard data to suit your biases or expectations but probably on statistical, logical, and/or experimental grounds.
Should there'll be an incident where one will give a negative comment on your research in the process, do not be embarrassed, do not feel insulted or angry, instead be happy and thankful for all you know, the negative comments are the stepping stones for you to succeed in your research study. Be open-minded and be willing to consider corrections and suggestions from others.
What’s taking you so long? Could not find your draft, ball pen, or journal? Be orderly,
learn to put and keep things at the right places. Organize and file documents, data, instruments, etc. in an orderly manner. This will save you time in looking for them, more so, in order to avoid collecting data again to compensate for what may have been lost.
Accurate and precise data are of importance in research. Data are the pillars of your conclusions. So, be extra cautious in collecting data and in performing an experiment. Not only the data are guarded, but also your health and the health of others when you are extra cautious and always try to be accurate and precise in your work. Accidents can happen anytime when you are not cautious and careful to consider safety.What should be done must be done at once. Yes, it should be kept in mind that timing is also important in dealing with situations and in dealing with other people specially in asking permissions or approvals. However, unnecessary procrastination should have no room in research. Be quick and responsive.
Overlooking something is not an excuse. You should be able to detect even the slightest change. So be keen in observing and be careful and accurate in recording data.First thing first. If you will be confused with so many things to do, you will end up doing nothing. Plan ahead. Be systematic in your schedules and be reasonable in setting your priorities.
A time may come when your research will require you to lead a team of researchers- be skillful in leadership. Encourage cooperation for it plays a vital role in a team.
At last you are done with your research. You have succeeded in generating the outputs of your research. Remember good qualities of a researcher do not end here. There are still important qualities upon success: contentment and willingness to be of service Contentment is good. This means you are satisfied and happy of your success. It is alright to relax before jumping into another research. Celebrate your success.
Humility may be needed to conform to some society’s expectations. However, to be proud of ones hard work is a thing that you can claim.
It is better if a researcher is willing to share his work so it can be benefited by the community or even the entire world. Sharing your work doesn’t only mean sharing the outputs but also sharing the experiences you gained from doing research in which other researchers can learn. A little like “a note to beginners”.
Remember there is a researcher within us. It is just waiting to be unleashed.
Go! Do your research. Do it now!
Good (2005).Webster's Universal Dictionary and Thesaurus (p.229, reprinted). Scotland: Geddes&Grosset.