When I think of research…

  •  What insights have you gained about research from taking this course?

Through taking this course I have gained knowledge on much of the research lingo. Before taking this course, I would have read a research article or heard some of these words and would not have been able to breakdown what the meaning was.

  • In what ways have your ideas about the nature of doing research changed?

I now have a better understanding of how to begin and carry out the process of doing research. I did not realize how in-depth research is.

  • What lessons about planning, designing, and conducting research in early childhood did you learn?

Everything I learned was new. I have never done research in this way nor did I have any idea on how to plan, design, or conduct it. One thing that was particularly new to me was how specific it was. Every detail, down to how I would select my participants and how I would keep them relevant to the population is  important. I learned so much about conducting research.

  • What were some of the challenges you encountered—and in what ways did you meet them?

One challenge I encountered was taking the information learned and applying it. This particular class, as it is intended to be is entirely too in-depth for one course. I felt as though I wasn’t able top delve down into what I was learning and truly understand and apply that knowledge before we were moving on to something else. I think this would have been an easier task if this course were split into two different courses. First, a course on understanding… Reading the text and taking as much from it as we can. Then a course on applying what we learned into a simulation project. I felt that we were attacking too much information for one course… and not just average information like other courses, but information that most people are completely unfamiliar with.

  • What are some of the ways your perceptions of an early childhood professional have been modified as a result of this course?

To be completely honest, I’m not sure thy have changed much. I don’t think this course touched on early childhood professionals enough to change my perceptions.


About toteachistotouchlives

Hi. My name is Kristen Hammel and I am a first grade teacher in Maryland. I am in my fourth year of teaching and now beginning my Masters program in Early Childhood Education at Walden University. I am very excited for this new journey I am embarking on and am excited to share my experiences with you.

2 responses »

  1. Very Good Post! I do think we have all learned something from this course. As you have stated when you started this course you knew very little and now you know about some of the research lingo. I feel there is still a lot to learn. It will take a lot more research and knowledge to gain more about the research process. We as educators have a good start. It was nice to be in class with you good luck on your journey.

  2. Hi Kristen,
    It has been great having classes with you. I always learn from what you have to share. I agree that this course was a huge chunk of information that I could use a lot more learning on if I am actually going to have to do any real research. Everything was new and the terms were confusing. Sometimes I felt like they just wrote random words down on pages that didn’t even go together:). It was challenging material to understand. I do feel that I got comfortable enough with the research to put the simulation together, but am definitely not prepared to to start on a real project. I feel more comfortable with the concepts than I did before the class though.

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