The Study Report: The Importance of Educational Research
As some of you may know (from checking The Study’s Indiegogo account: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-study-research-lab ) that the closing date for our campaign is drawing near. We have been trying our best to create our K through 12 lab so we can, as our motto says, harness the power of neuroplasticity to develop smarter students. Do you want to know why we are going to work so hard towards this? Because my fellow Readers, Educational research is so critical to more than just the researcher. Identifying a research problem, reviewing literature, collecting and analyzing data and forming an interpretation of the information are all important parts of developing good Educational research that can be then evaluated and used in the educational community, by teachers, students and parents alike.
Everyone has a vested interest in the Educational system when you think about it. Parents spend time involved with schools and have their child’s best interest in mind. Educators want to assist their students and teach material in the more comprehensive and effective manner. Even the Public at large has vested interest in Educational Research because, aside from investing money in the educational system, people generally understand that students are the future.
So you see, my good Readers, Educational Research is important for a number of reasons when you consider how many people have a vested interest in Education in general. First, Educational research can serve as a way to improve the practice of teaching and learnings. Instead of having a single practice in educating children, research can suggest ways of adapting to different types of people. A case in point would be the adaptive new ways teaching are engaging in students who are auditory, visual or tactile learners. Second, Educational Research is so important because it adds on to what we know how people learn and what we can do to help facilitate people’s learning processes. In recent years, there has in fact been a surge of research done on how to effectively teach children along the Autistic spectrum, recently with the push towards electronic, tactile teaching devices. Third, research can address areas in which littler is known about a teaching technique or a learning pattern or perhaps the effects of online learning which seems to becoming quite popular in comparison to what we know, traditional classroom learning. Lastly and what I consider the most important, dear Readers, is that Educational Research can add voices to Individuals who were otherwise not considered in research, and thus further our knowledge of how to make a better Educational system. It may surprise you, but much of the Educational Research prior to the 1980’s was based on a population of white, middle to upper class average males. Certainly this is not reflective of the variety of students that are present in today’s Educational system.
However, in order for Educational Research to have positive impact on our society and our children’s Education, researchers, teachers, and parents must all be good consumers and producers of research. If we can do this we are one step closer of so becoming more effective teachers, administrators, parents and students in our Educational system. For that reason, please take the time out of your day to support Educational Research, and if you are doing so why not start here at The Study’s first K through 12 Research campaign. The Study’s research facility we are trying so hard to create will assist the Educational system at the level of the student’s learning ability, so we can create better students and a better tomorrow.