Self-reflection will be your constant companion and from the very beginning to the end of a research project it is important to consider who you are, how you are perceived by others and as what kind of person you enter the field.
When looking for a research idea, you may want to look into the writings of John Dewey (2013 (1938]), another influential author.
In his book “Logic, the Theory of Inquiry” he very clearly outlines the process of research.
Very reassuring for beginning researchers, he states that research follows a uniform structure, which applies to our everyday life as well as to science.
In other words, there are familiar elements in conducting research and we can draw on knowledge that we already have gained in our everyday life.
Dewey describes the research process as follows: “The antecedent condition of inquiry that gets it all started is an indeterminate or uncertain situation.
The aim is to get you to think about your own position how you see the world from a scientific perspective.
Is there a real objective world out there that we can examine as researchers?
There are plenty of examples for this in our everyday life.
Recently, I was looking for a long VGA cable to connect a laptop to a beamer. I looked in the cupboard where the cables are stored but could not find a long VGA cable.