Descriptive Research Methodologies-Knupfer & McLellan

The Knupfer and McLellan reading on descriptive research methods was informative.  The search for “what is” in descriptive research is based off of data collected through observation and from survey data.  The findings are organized so they may be placed or fit with explanations.  This type of research produces valuable descriptive data and has increased the knowledge of what happens in schools.  Thus, helpful in recommending solutions.  The article provides great detail on observations–one of the more common data collection methods of descriptive research.  Data is gathered without tests or questionnaires, which many feel is superior over other methods.  Observation methods are prone to mistakes, although many can be avoided with adequate training.  Improving observation techniques is one issue that continues to be assessed.  With these continued improvements, descriptive research warrants its place in educational research.  The readings this week provide helpful examples and additional information that connect with the textbook from 6511.

Thoughts on truth…the topic of truth has been discussed several ways and times this semester.  As we move further in our coursework and into research and collecting data it is important to remember that the truths and beliefs we started this process with may evolve.   Questioning ideas that we thought as truths is part of the growing process and will make us better researchers and teachers.  When feeling overwhelmed and suffering from information overload, it is important to be open to new thoughts and potential “truths” and take time to process and absorb before judgment is formed.