There are many areas in which I have gained insight in this class. The simulation project offered a practical way for us to learn components of research such as: linguistics of research, design, ethics and methods. I have gained a better understanding of quantitative and qualitative research, experience with writing a research question as well as stating a hypothesis.
Before this course began, I was apprehensive about beginning. I worried about not getting the right information or asking the right questions. I thought I would be running around in circles with not direction on collecting and organizing data. The required reading for this course was Doing Early Childhood Reasearch by Glenda Mac Naughton, Sharne A. Rolfe and Iram Siraj-Blatchford, and it was a vehicle that allowed us to easily understand terminology, design, methods, etc. of research. Although doing a full research project will take time, our text gave us detailed explanations for each component of research.
Design offers choices and options in designing, planning and conducting research. This involves: Refining the topic and framing researchable questions, deciding the approach, consider issues related to time, place and persons, choosing methods of data collection, evaluating the feasibility of the design and modifying the design after piloting the design.
The biggest challenge I faced was developing a research question and refining it so that it was not too broad. I had to narrow it down several times in order to obtain the information I was really after. This just took several attempts to refine.
I was pleased to know that there are books targeted toward early childhood research which reassured me that matters of the young child matter.
I would just like to thank all you for your comments and insights. This was a challenging course however we were able to get through it together and for that I thank you.