Discussion Past Experiences with Research

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As you discovered through this week’s Learning Resources, research literature can be useful for personal, academic, and professional endeavors. However, you must be cognizant of your own experiences, beliefs, or biases that may influence your interpretation of the research literature as you consume research in your professional practice. This awareness will help you uncover bias or misinterpretation of findings that you may encounter as you read research reports.

To prepare for this Discussion, reflect on any past experiences you may have had as either a consumer or producer of research.

    • For what reasons have you conducted an inquiry or consumed research in either your personal or professional life?
    • What challenges did you face when trying to find information to fulfill a specific purpose?
    • What can you learn from your past experiences with research about some of the challenges associated with consuming research studies?

      REQUIRED READINGS

      Locke, L. F., Silverman, S. J., & Spirduso, W. W. (2009). Reading and understanding research (3rd ed.). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
      • Chapter 1, “The Research Report”
      • Chapter 2, “When to Believe What You Read: The Sources of Credibility”
        • Chapter Introduction
        • “Who Does Research, and Where Do They Do It?”
      • Chapter 4, “The Use, Misuse, and Misunderstanding of Research”
      • Chapter 5, “Types of Research: An Overview of Variety”
        • Chapter Introduction
        • “Types of Research”
      Bhattacherjee, A. (2012). Social science research: principles, methods, and practices. Retrieved from http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/oa_textbooks/3
      • Chapter 1, Science and Scientific Research

      REQUIRED MEDIA

      Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Introduction to research [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.eduNote: The approximate length of this media piece is 8 minutes.In this program, Dr. Michael Patton introduces the perspective of the scholar-practitioner and explains how reviewing and conducting research with this perspective can improve your professional practice. 
      Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Research in instructional design [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu
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