What is Research?

I had an interesting conversation today about what research is and is not.

  • Is research turning practice into theory?
  • Is it turning theory into practice and observing the effects?
  • Is it anything that involves measuring something else?
  • Is academic research a different type of research to research?

Now, I am aware of what books/REF criteria might say research is, but am interested to know how you would define it?

“An August 2013 account of what research is”….