Competency 2: Creating Knowledge
To demonstrate my competency in Creating Knowledge, I selected my research paper from EDPS 53300 – Introduction to Educational Research, The Expertise Reversal Effect: Implications for the Use of Schematic Drawings in Sonography Instructional Design.
Demonstrates ability to describe common research methods in Educational Technology
The opportunity to create a paper on a highly technical topic in an unfamiliar field challenged me to apply research methodology since I was unable to rely on content area knowledge. The experience forced me to break down the steps and methods of the research process and adhere to them while navigating an unknown field.
Demonstrates ability to read and evaluate Educational Technology research
This paper demonstrates the degree to which the sections of a research paper serve as a touchstone while working through a formidable project. The familiarity with the sections of introduction, literature review, methods and results offer a framework which helps to ‘chunk’ the material and make sense of it. Understanding the purpose of each section aids in focusing on the salient information rather than becoming lost in a morass of details. Knowledge of the ‘where’ provides the relevant background knowledge to zoom in on the ‘what’.
Applies research findings to the solution of common problems in Educational Technology
Practice in working methodically and skeptically in assessing the claims of various technologies is particularly valuable in a field such as teaching which provides an ongoing profusion of novel methods. The ability to read the research while understanding the terminology and structure is critical in seeking solutions that have substantiated results.