Educational Journey

May 15, 2009

Broadening and narrowing the ideas

Filed under: General — Cyndy @ 4:07 pm

In my reading this week, I have learned that it is best to begin your research idea with a broad area of interest and then narrow the topic through various activities such as brainstorming, writing, and literature review. I begin with identification of three broad areas for research:

  1. Learning styles
  2. The first-generation college student
  3. Classroom motivation

The topic must be interesting enough to keep me motivated for a couple of years; however, the textbook (Cone & Foster, 2006) advises against choosing a topic that is too personal. A very personal topic will make it difficult to conduct research that is unbiased. Additionally, it might be difficult to overcome a block if the findings of the research become contradictory to personal experiences. After much reflection, I have eliminated the latter choices and decided to focus on the broad area of learning styles. This topic is interesting enough to keep me intrigued, yet it is not terribly  personal. It has the potential to provide valuable information to myself the educational community at large. My current challenge is to begin narrowing the subject into an orignal researchable subject. 

Cone, J. D. & Foster, S. L. (2006). Dissertations and theses from start to finish: Psychology and related fields. (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

May 9, 2009

Hello world!

Filed under: General — Cyndy @ 6:54 am

Welcome to my educational journey. Several weeks ago, I began working toward my doctorate degree and have now finished one class. This blog will document my challenges and progress throughout the process. Let me begin with an autobiography that I wrote for my writing class.

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