Induction and deduction are commonly recognised enquiry approaches. 19th Century philosopher Charles Peirce identified a third approach - abduction.
The role of abduction in the research process is generally unacknowledged in the documentation of research, and thus leaves a large part of the process hidden and unexamined. More particularly by so doing it tends to neglect the important innovative or creative component within the research process.
Abduction provides a hypothesis to explain a surprising observation. The subsequent research process then involves confirming or denying the hypothesis.
Abduction is innovative in that it describes "the moment of creative inspiration when a researcher conceives of a hypothetical explanation for some empirical fact" (Charles Peirce).
This project will determine barriers to innovative study and identify pathways that increase innovation in ECU research.
April 2012 - August 2014
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