The methodology or style which I have chosen for this assignment will be a mixture of two of the most commonly used methods available to researchers today. They are evaluation and development. I have chosen those two mainly because one is always good, but two are better. By using the two methods together, I feel I will come up with much better results, as a solution to a problem that is not only taking place here in this wonderful city, but has now become a widespread problem that other cities and states are facing on a daily basis. As I stated before in previous related assignments, we as parents and teachers cannot afford anymore to simply turn and continue looking the other way hoping someone else will fix or correct this problem because while we are looking the other way, our students are becoming dumber and dumber while falling so far behind, it will soon be almost impossible for them to catch up and move forward. Trying to find a solution for this problem that will satisfy everyone involved, while helping our children and students move forward is the reason for this project.
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Procedures (2-3 pages) Now, before any researcher can even begin to instigate and begin any research project, they are confronted the chaos and range of academic point of views, their particular practices, techniques, and the scholarly basis that incorporates them all, but it all points in one direction which is simply giving them a direction to go in to increase their way of thinking so that they may agree or concur with their particular research purposes, therefore knowing exactly how they will conduct their research is the most important factor of all. Since the first research question deals with Racial differences in student test scores, we should first look at student test, which can be standardized, or made up by teachers, final grades and Department of Education statistical data. A very interesting fact as stated by Dominique and Van Ackeren "In many countries around the world students have to pass exit examinations to graduate from upper secondary education" (2012 par.1). That should be mandatory for all students everywhere all around the world, not just other countries. Doesn't that make you wonder, Â¹why there is such a big difference, Â²what are factors that cause some schools to be successful while others fail, and last but not least Â³what can we do to solve this ongoing problem. The first step I would take in this project for a start would be to evaluate six different types of higher ranking schools. For my choice, I would chose to use one of the highest ranking public schools, a charter school, a private school, an all-white school, an all-black school, and last but not lease a school for Latino and Spanish children where all test scores are in the top 10%. Since the beginning stages of research objectives, intentions, procedures, along with the validation of these words must be put into a project outline, highly approved research projects one or more thoroughly developed and peer reviewed research projects must be submitted to your head members associated with the research project for approval before you can even begin, and they will note their restrictions to the project, as to how far you may go or not. Even though this is simply research, it must still be conducted in an ethical manner. We will also probably at one time or another come across research not exactly or usually related to a project, but which may be needed and helpful as a temporary measure any side issues which may arise in the process. I will next need to establish my timeline, and have the project approved, and secure funding which will definitely be needed to go forth with my much needed research. After approval, I will then have to decide, and finalize all who will be involved, and make absolute sure that each person involved are all on the same page, and fully understand how and why this research project is taking place, and are all in agreement on the way the research will be conducted. Things seem to run so much smoother when all involved are working toward the same ending in mineâ€¦.total success. I will also extend an open invitation to others in other school districts,( facing this same problem) to attend an open meeting discussing this research project to see if anyone has any new ideas or thoughts which may help, or if they can shed any light on the subject. It is always good to know that you are not in this situation alone, and others are facing a lot of the same exact problems that your district is facing. You never know, their input may be just what is needed, and could help, guide or steer the research you are conducting in a whole different direction. Also remember that the project is simply a blueprint from other peer review, and sometimes you are doing nothing more that picking up where they left off unless this is a whole new area of research which has never been researched before, but since it is dealing with education, I am quite sure that is is not a new or unexplored area of research. The project is then ready for final review from your head people in charge, which should consist of your department heads, and someone to review from the outside, or outside your establishment for final comments and the go-ahead. Finally and very important be very sure that your project is planned to deliver evidence and facts in an area where the experiment districts and schools are in dire need of some kind of expertise which they are not at the time equipped with.
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As far as my evaluation plan, for it to be truly successful, I first have to have acquired the appropriate peer reviewed data, statistical reports and findings on the schools and areas in which I will base my findings on. Proper evaluations are simply much more than just finding information and the fact if I got the job done or not, but it mainly centers around the fact of if and how can what I found, help to make any changes in the current situation. When doing any type of evaluation, you have to closely monitor the situation and make the necessary adjustments when needed, then that will help you to categorize out what is needed, and should be kept, and what should be discarded so you will not end up wasting precious time gathering un-needed or useless information along with helping you to id the best possible methods and approaches for gaining the proper information you will be in need of, because rest assured, if you are truly serious about your research project, you will surely have others who are also interested. Next when conducting your research project you will have who may and will have questions. They will want to know all about the research you are doing, so when it comes down to exactly what they want to know about your project, you will have to provide those answers to them especially if they are shareholders, or have any type of funds tied up in the project. You will have to provide answers as to the 3 W's, who, what, and why, and also the how. When attempting research of any type, you are not alone, so another bit of information which will be good to keep close to you is exactly what decisions others will need to make, and how they will use the information you give them to make their decisions. All these things are associated with having the right evaluation plan at your fingertips. You will have to keep track of facts such as if the project (in the long run) may or will impact schools and their communities, how it will make a difference and how you can show positive proof that it will work. Evaluation plans have to be thought out very carefully, but as long as you keep track of your procedure, its results and your observations you should have a successful plan in the end. A good evaluation plan should be completed shortly after your project is complete, but you should always keep right on monitoring results even after the project is done. Your evaluation plan also should be available when requested, even for the parents to see. We must also involve them a whole lot more in all decisions where their child or children are playing a key role, because as stated by Galini and Efthymai "Communication and collaboration with parents proved to be one of the most difficult aspects of the whole process to handle. Although parents were quite willing to participate and co-operate in most of the activities, they had some difficulty in understanding the purposes and the rationale of the processes and in many cases they had conflicting ideas with teachers, especially when a problem arose with a child" (2010 p.31). We need their constant feedback to see if our work is helping in any way of not. Parents are a valuable asset to keep on hand. Assumptions I sometime wonder what is really going on today, and if everyone is under the assumption that as long as we keep passing these students from one grade to another simply assuming that somewhere along the line they will mysteriously pick-up the lessons while (in the 6th grade), that they should have already learned while in the 3rd grade. When will we finally learn that we can take nothing at all for granted especially where our children's education is concerned? As stated by Lam "There are at least three different senses in which assumptions may be considered realistic" (Nagel, 1963) (2010 p.680). The problem still remains though, what about the fourth, fifth and sixth which may be considered totally un-realistic, whose move is it then. That is a question which I am sure will pop-up when making assumptions. Using assumptions in any type of research project will simply do nothing but bring biased results; it's like stacking your sample on the basis of what you thought, or what could be. Not good at all where any type of research is involved. Guidelines must be set in place from the very beginning or your research will be totally useless to anyone. Limitations and Delimitations The only limitations or borders I can see so far with this particular project. Those who may not wish to cooperate because of certain circumstances, and some of the locations of some of the chosen schools up for study. Because of all the violence in schools today, some may be a little fearful to visit certain schools in certain neighborhoods, but this should make us take a much closer look at ourselves, because as stated by Mizzi and Stebbins "in addition, by locating ourselves in our research, we are able to draw greater connections to participants who take part in our data collection" (2010 p.25). We should look at where we came from, our own struggles, and how much longer will we permit our children to keep on receiving sub-level education being given in certain schools today. The next limitation I see, or which may arise is that it may be a little too time consuming for some. Evaluating schools and sitting in classrooms while observing other teacher and student interactions, the ways they teach and what is being taught may be a little much for some of the others on the team, let alone the travel time associated with going to these different schools. Some of the team members may not be up for that, other than that I see no other limitations. As for the delimitations or restrictions I see one major issue, and that is gaining entrance to the catholic and private schools associated with the study. Catholic and private school systems are much different than our public school system, and there is no telling if they will be willing to cooperate and welcome us into their schools for our observations. That is an area which needs further checking into, other than that no more delimitations
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