Participation in ILT Research required reading and discussing texts, writing peer reviews and scholarly critiques, and developing a team research proposal. Of the texts by Stringer, McNiff, Sagor, and previous INTE 6720 students, I appreciated how Stinger laid out the groundwork for my action research process.
In peer discussions around the text, I have benefited from all my classmates’ input. It has been an opportunity to learn and bounce ideas off my peers. An excellent example of peer-to-peer help is when my classmate Becca Argenbright explained an idea that I was struggling with. On the discussion board Becca wrote, “This approach doesn’t necessarily help with ‘narrowing down,’ but I think it does help to pinpoint great sources for the ‘valuable input’ we need.” This little bit of guidance was exactly what I needed to decipher between data quantity over data value.
Writing peer reviews has been a great way to learn about my own research. It made me challenge such things as my research questions, participant pool, data collection and methods. The scholarly critiques also made me look at my research more deeply. Each of my scholarly reviews has offered a new way to view my research on music’s impact on community identity.
In collaborating on my team’s research proposal I have relied on all the required participation of the course: texts, discussions, peer reviews and scholarly critiques.
Education Technology Participation
The role of research in educational technology is really tough to define. I have learned through the Craft of Research that with so much information available today, those who do not research well or are not able to evaluate that of others will be sidelined. The explosion of elearning as a profession and mainstream educational method requires sound research to back the industry’s viewpoint. Research can answer the question of what are the best pedagogical methods for applying educational technology.
The text, The Craft of Research dispelled many preconceptions I had about research. I learned to stop narrowly defining research in my own mind and take a chance in understanding it. The scholarly reviews have also been great tools for dispelling misconceptions around research.
My research team has been a big part of my educational network. We spend about two hours every couple weeks refining our research agenda and proposal. Bouncing ideas off each other has taught me keep questioning and refining my research plan.
I was able to locate, Professor Gordon Lynch, one of the authors of a scholarly critique on Twitter. He responded to my tweet saying he liked my article, but I have not pursued more conversation since then. I am not sure what to ask him from here. Perhaps as my research continues, I can reach out with questions as they arise.
My personal question regarding my research is, “How are my literature reviews benefiting my action research?” With each literature review, I have learned from skilled researchers about their methods and what has worked for them. I rely on the critiques to generate more leads on the next scholarly articles to pursue.
I am really curious to see my action research truly engage my participants. The timing of choosing my action research topic and the unveiling of Minister “J’s” goals for the “A” Center lined up perfectly. I feel like Minister “J” holds the key to unlocking the next level for this research, so I have set up an in-person meeting with him for next week. Both Minister “J” and I really want to execute action research in a meaningful way at “A” Center.