Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Research-What Is the Point?

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Research-What Is the Point?

Article excerpt

I have never been a hard core fan of research. I mean, I know we have to do it, and that wonderful revelations and discoveries, for our own discipline, have come from research-it just was not "me." I am a teacher and a communicator-let somebody else do the research. Then I became a faculty member at a land grant university. Research was no longer an option, but still it gained no real status in my eyes-now "they" were making me do research. Sadly, this has been the mindset I have struggled with for the last 14 years.

As we age, thankfully we mature, as we mature our vision changes-both literally and figuratively. Gradually, so slowly it is almost imperceptible, my "view" of research has changed. It has been an education by immersion, and one I did not enter into freely. I have watched colleagues present on research about teaching and learning, and taken ideas and techniques from this research directly into my classroom. I have read articles from other disciplines that directly applied to situations with with I was dealing. I took that information and utilized it in finding solutions to agricultural education situations. In my professional world, research continually tapped at my psyche, never letting me just do my job of teaching.

Ironically, I have felt like research was stalking me-even in my personal life! …

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