Hey Fellow B-Effectors! Hope you enjoy reading!
This is my question down below. Points covered in this post: Meta-Research/Cognition, Research, Effective research, Single Story Power Thai Commercial.
Inquiry Question: How can we use effective research and studying to build a successful life?
Let us begin with something you can relate.
In school, specifically English class they talk about this often, they tell us that we are to become critical thinkers. We are to think about what we think.
This word is, Meta cognition.
In simple terms, the definition according to Cambridge, Meta Cognition is being aware of your thoughts. By doing so, we can improve and further our understanding, knowledge and skills. (1)
Why I mention this is because this is roughly what my research cycle is going to be about. We are going to be researching about researching! - To an certain extent.
... so.... Meta Research or something?
*Turns out, Meta Research is actually a word and in use (3)
Moving forward, I will be taking a look at research and studying to see how we can improve ourselves and start to build a successful life.
All of us are doing a form of researching right now with our posts.
Oxford Dictionaries describes it as,
"The systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions."
We are gathering information and formulating conclusions based on what our findings are. This is the essence of research. (2) (3) (9)
There are different ways from how we can research or approach research. Funneling down this topic, the general idea for research is this.
- We first establish the topic we want to look at. This is identifying and formulating the subject. This may be the toughest part for most people. If there are restrictions, we would need to choose a topic within that restriction range. This topic should be something that has a "manageable amount of information". Generally a topic that personally intrigues you ends up being more enjoyable. (3) (6) (9)
- Next is working on the research aspect. This is tracking down materials and sources for you to find answers. This expands on to real people, books, online and more. Noting down where you got the information you have is key. (3) (5)
- Marking down notes and evaluating your sources* is fairly important as some is not entirely correct. Detail is key and being careful helps. Before constructing the write up, you would want the information you have written is accurate as possible. (3) (7) (8)
* Evaluation of sources. This is important because the emphasis of research is to find information that is reliable. One way of evaluating a source is TAARP (7)
- Timeliness- refers to the date and if is up to date for your topic and research.
- Authority- the question of who wrote the information. For example: Is it a spectator that has focused on the topic for 20 years or someone who studied and looks into the topic for a living? Peer-Reviewed ones are the best authority-type research.
- Audience- what is the information geared towards to. Is the language and information sophisticated or too simplistic. Grammar and nitty-gritty details here is to consider.
- Relevance- is it a topic that really talks about your topic
- Perspective- are there biases in this source? Is the authority being undermined by some other as you dig deeper?
If you think about it, this is a good skill and mindset to have. Questioning the origin of the story or information we are given. Whether if it is the complete truth or is there grey areas we need to take a look at before concluding on something. In our future, when we enter real life, this can apply to information we receive. Evaluating our information allows us to not be easily swayed- and potentially make wrong choices.
Here is a great Thai video that shows the power of a single story. (11)
Final add-on bonus- for you guys.
There are many of these, but here is one that works well for you to play music in the background right now while you proceed to do other work! (10)
This is a lead-on to the next post/research!
Thanks! See you in ROUND 2
My next topic will look into the pros and cons of this topic, what is success or considered success, mistakes and science behind the studying methods out there, delve into different research methods and learning. This will be a more extensive post.
Teachers: Ms. Martin, Ms. Royle, Ms. Stuart.
S: stands for "Series" which is unique to a research question
Got thoughts, ideas, opinions or something to say? Type away below and i'll be sure to see them (and typically reply to them in my next post!)
I look forward to seeing you read this, as I am looking forward to read your research too!