I am College Lecturer, and I teach Research subjects. I am writing this article to share my thoughts and tips with high school teachers on how to teach Practical Research 1 and 2.
At our tertiary level, it is quite an impression that some students do not have much orientation on undertaking a research journey. This is quite a surprise because they have already completed Practical Research 1 and 2 subjects as they finished their chosen secondary academic tracks.
Thus, it suggests that we should go back to the basics when we can supplement supposedly what they already have and lead them in mastering more of the methods and their applications in answering a research problem, and help them curate possible recommendations on the emerging results.
To clear the gaps on this matter, I will try to provide practical tips on how one may teach the subjects in a way that students will get the orientation on how they should be able to produce a research paper that focuses on their domain of interest and their research questions explored about their field.
Follow the flow in the TEACHING GUIDES for Practical Research 1 and Practical Research 2
Upon reviewing the Curriculum Guides for this subject, this material already provided enough foundation for acquiring the research skills necessary to understand quantitative and qualitative research designs. Based on observation, the most common things students mention during diagnostic discussions are “Quanti is for numbers, and Quali is for words.”
Somehow, they are right. But based on these guides, they could differentiate these research designs beyond those cliche descriptions.
What I think is lacking in these guides are the PROCESSES involved in the research manuscript writing embedded in these learning competencies. I believe that they will understand the journey better if there is REAL research activity utilizing qualitative and quantitative designs.
If time is the constraint, showing them examples of how these contents are converted into processes in producing a manuscript, they’ll have a REAL FEEL of what it’s like to make a research paper. It is how we teachers WEAVE the processes; it is up to “US” on how we lay the path for them to take so that they will be ready to take the journey.
This is why those who should be teaching these subjects already have produced full-blown manuscripts because we will back-track the processes and build those stepping stones for our students to follow.
We cannot teach what we don’t know yet.
Let the students explore. Make them READ. Let them FEEL, and they will enjoy the exciting journey to discover new things, explore various real experiences and develop an understanding of the world through RESEARCH.