Now that we are ending our Developing Research Competency class, I found myself not wanting the class to end. It has been one of the most fun, enlightening, and educational classes for me. This is my fifth class, so that also means I am at halfway point of my graduate studies.
As some of you know, I am a research associate but never had an opportunity to develop my own research. This is where I have become more confident and knowledgeable about the research process. My professional base of knowledge has been enhanced in ways that I did not expect and indeed appreciated. As I think back to my Week 1 where I developed my class research simulation topic and subtopics, I could see how the class helped me hone my basic skills and thoughts into a finely crafted research question. Most of all, I was glad Dr. Parrish kept assuring us that, by the end of class, we will have something we can be proud of. I am grateful I decided to just enjoy the process albeit with some really stressful weekends of studying!
Sometimes when the weekly reading was not clear, all I need to do was check out our Discussions, and everything would then make sense. Thank you to all of the colleagues in our Discussions. Thanks, Dr. Parrish, for your patience with me.
For me, I appreciated most of all the opportunity to learn about certain methodologies and when and why we would employ quantitative or qualitative methods. I did not realize that there was a third one – mixed method research, and that’s my favorite!
I loved learning about tools that are available to researchers. Tools like triangulation is helpful to know for when we are struggling with certain aspects of the research project or indigenist research that would help us work with the populations that we want to research. Most surprising for me was the allowance of researchers’ personal biases and how to work through the biases. I had never heard about equality and equity and am really grateful to know a few new things about them.
Good luck to some of you who will be doing actual research; I hope I will get an opportunity to apply for funds to conduct my research.
Finally, good luck also to some of you who will continue with classes and to those who are taking breaks. May our paths cross again in the next few classes.