Many universities conduct educational reasearch. What is your opinion of that research? Please include examples of research that you have been exposed to:
The research university’s complete can be very good information for any teacher to go over. However it is up to the teacher to decide what is important to them and what will have an influence over their teaching and classroom management. When I wrote my applied project over several research articles one that caught my eye was “Student behavior patterns contributing to teacher burnout.” In the article it went over several areas where students can add to teacher’s burnout. One major area that all teachers deal with on a daily basis is stress, regardless of the origination of that stress it is still there at the end of the day. It was stated that some students will work a teacher to find what stresses them most and then capitalize on that weakness during class. This will greatly assist in the burnout process as at a certain point the stress becomes very unhealthy and a change is needed.
Another research article that I read through during my education was “Situational social problem solving skills and self-esteem of aggressive and nonaggressive boys.” In the research they went over 38 separate kids and how they solved social problems. They noticed that the nonaggressive kids solve most of their problems verbally while the aggressive children focused primarily on physical reaction to solve their problems. The nonaggressive kids had no self-esteem issues however the aggressive kids had very low self-esteem. Through reading the research article it made it clear that a major step in solving aggression in youth is done through building up their self-esteem.
solving skills and self-esteem of aggressive and nonaggressive
boys. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 14, 605–661.
I honestly have not been exposed to a lot of research that is done in Universities, well aware of exposing. I feel that research is often conducted by those who have studied the classroom and not necessarily been in the classroom. On a positive note I feel that this research can help raise awareness of other ideas, thoughts and experiences of others.
I feel that every good teacher conducts research on their own, for example, one might have a student that is constantly giving them behvaioral issue and they ask other teachers if they are for them as well and what they have tried, if they do not get input then they may look at book, talk to parents and "research to find out about that student. I feel That research conducted at universities can enable students and teachers to benefit in their academic studies and help us become better teachers.
I am skeptical of any research done simply because research can be bent to support any point of view imaginable. You can't just read research and take it as face value, you have to do a bit of research of your own just to fully understand it. Of course soda companies are going to put out research that supports the idea that soda isn't harmful, of course candy companies are going to put out research that candy is good for you, of course schools are going to put out research that their particular way of teaching/learning is the best... they are all businesses and are in the business of making money.
The sad fact is that we are in the business of educating children... not making money.
Educational research can be beneficial if objective. I have seen some research presented by Marzano that I thought was very thought out and objective. He had no hidden agenda other than helping educators use "best practices" that were both proven and productive. It is easy to accept research we agree with and reject research we disagree with. With that being said I try to be open minded to what is being presented and the results of the research. As an educator myself I have strived to be a life long learner. I am always looking for new research that might help me improve as an educator. If research can help me reach one more student then I want to know. The "business" of education is ever changing and some might say recycled. The purpose of educational research is to improve education at all levels but like I know as an educator "one size does not fit all". What might be true or work in the Midwest may not necessarily be true here. What might be true for one socio-economic group may not be true for another. But just because it may not be for me doesn't mean it can't be beneficial to someone else.
My opinion of educational research conducted from universities is based off of limited contextual experiences. It is believed that research adds insight, feedback, and data to what is being questioned and explored. Educational research done on a university level is believed to be limited of information as well as wide ranged. Understanding the wordiness, the questions, the data group, financial, ethnic, and many other factors lends itself to what is being examined. Rarely does one find the questions of the research to be consise. In educational research (like many research) there are gray areas. Factors of educational research is to better understand teaching methods, educational approaches, diverse learning, and the curcuit of educationa as a whole and how to best improve upon it. Study after study, and research after research, one can say we have improved upon the past, and have a better understanding. However, the "OLD" school approach is still being used and have been tested to be affective. In conclusion, because of the knowledge we do have today, and the ever changing world we live in----one can say that diverse methods work the best since we know the "cookie cutter" approach for effective learning is out.
^^^^^^and psychology research on the brain and learning