Transformative research : definitions, approaches and consequences

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s12064-012-0154-3
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TypeArticle
Journal titleTheory in Biosciences
ISSN1431-7613
1611-7530
Volume131
Issue2
Pages117123; # of pages: 7
Subjectbiosciences; transformative research; future science; humanistic knowledge; intuitive thought; implementation; scholarship; scientifc method; profound discoveries
AbstractIn this perspective a definition of transformative research (TR) is proposed and discussed. We define TR as that which “transforms” or causes a major change in thought patterns concerning an area of scientific endeavor. This type of research is often elusive, requires different approaches and sometimes depends on a bit of luck. TR concerns intangibles such as human intuition, serendipity, unpredictable events, implausible hypotheses, a well-prepared mind and often interpersonal communications. Examples are provided to illustrate how TR may unfold. Contributions it makes to basic and applied humanistic knowledge are highlighted.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationHuman Health Therapeutics; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
Identifier154
NPARC number21268438
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