Research reminded me of the importance of terminology and the ethics related to conducting a research. How it all comes together and how we and the subjects being researched can benefit from a study. Play is one of the most important factors that contribute to a child’s life of learning. Without play, social skills and other life skills that are necessary for a child, does not develop. With my research simulation – play and the importance of it to social development, not just schools and teachers would benefit, but the child and their family as well. Without research, there would be no way of knowing that the long-term benefits of social development can positively impact children, their lives, and their families.
Without the help of research, the world would not realize how much educators can help and support children and families in the early years. Research helps and shows what children need and what important aspects contributes to healthy development.
The course has taught me that mixed methods of research are possible in many situations. It’s important to know the differences between quantitative designed research and qualitative. The qualitative design is used to gain an understanding of underlying reasons, opinions, and motivations. The quantitative design helps to develop ideas and hypothesis for the potential qualitative design.
I have realized how much work is put into a research project and have more respect for those early childhood professionals who do research. I think that my perception of research has changed now that I know more about what they do and the process behind it.
Thanks to all my colleagues for making the journey a little easier with support, comments and encouragement on a subject I had no ideas about or even interests actually. We all grow together and it’s great to see where we start at the beginning of the 8 weeks and where we end by the last week!