Breaking into a Research mindset
October 25, 2011 2:18 PM Subscribe
How should I get involved in doing my own research?
posted by Peregrin5 to Education (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am a candidate in a California teaching program. My goal is to get a Masters in Technology, Math, and Science Education, and perhaps go even further in the future than that.
Having been through the rounds at my old college, I now know (a little too late) that research is one of the biggest and best things that a person can get involved with in order to become a good graduate candidate.
I have been working at trying to break into research, but I'm having problems knowing where to start, how to set up a schedule, or do anything whatsoever!
I've been reading books mostly to get my information such as Turabian, the Craft of Research, and various action and educational research books.
I do not really have any advisor for my research, because I asked around, and my college (for my teaching program) doesn't have any professors in the Teacher Education Department that are currently actively doing research. It's a lower tier public college that does not involve itself heavily in research unlike my undergraduate college.
I really want to do research, but I'm wondering how I can break into it! To be honest, my focus right now isn't research, because I'm simply doing the best I can to become a great teacher, as well as doing a bunch of other extra-curriculars and side-jobs, but I'm wondering if I could do research simultaneously.
If I really need to devote a lot more time to research, I'm not planning on going for my master's for a few years yet, so I will have time to complete it when I'm not running around trying to get credentialed as a teacher.