Ruth Lopez



1.  What is educational research?

Application of the scientific method to educational topics, phenomena, or question in search of answers. This is a good way to find out what course are need.

2.    What is action research?

Any systematic inquiry conducted by teachers, administrators, counselors, or others with vested interest in the teaching and learning process or environment for the purpose of gathering information about how their particular schools operate, how they teach, and how their students learn. In some cities the financial literacy classes are a big need and by doing research we can focus on some cities. 

3.    Why is research important for professionals?

It’s a perfect way to gather information to improve teaching. Action research is any systematic inquiry conducted by educators for the purpose of gathering information about how their particular schools operate, how they teach, and how whir students learn.  This is also used in banking industry we do a lot of research to make sure we are giving our customers the education that they need.

4.      Traditional research.

Traditional research is often conducted by individual who are somewhat removed from the environment they are studying.  In my industry some of this research is done by our marketing team and some time they don’t really ask the correct questions.

5.   Identify an appropriate research topic.

The research topic should address a realistic classroom problem; it must be focus.  One of my topics what financial literacy and its focus on banking, checking accounts, savings account, identity theft, credit repair, investment and finally mortgage loans.

6.  Literature review.

An examination of journal articles, books research papers, and so on; related to an action research project; helps guide the development of future research project by examining previous research on the topic.  Every research must be backed up by literacy.  Due to the financial crises that we had in 2008 we can find a lot of literature on financial literacy and on how to get a mortgage loan.

7.   Qualitative research methodologies.  

Those research methodologies that require the collection and analysis of narrative data: Utilize and inductive approach to reasoning.  After the financial crises from 2008 we can get a lot of people to talk about how the Mortgage crises affected their lives. Base on the information we can try to avoid the same mistake that we made in the past and we can education people on mortgage loans.

8. Quantitative research methodologies.

Those methodologies that require the collection of and analysis of numerical data; utilize a deductive approach to reasoning.  Having a numerical date can help develop a great financial literacy course.

9. Qualitative data collection techniques.

The data is usually collected through observations, interview or journals or by obtaining existing documents or records.  Using the past can help us avoid problems in the past in our library there is a lot of different journals about mortgage.

10. Quantitative data collection techniques.

The data are numerical and include just about anything that can be counted tallied, or rated. This date can easily be counted and we can see different statistics.

11. Mixed Methods research design.

 A research design that combines both quantitative and qualitative research design and date.  This method is my favorite because we can use a survey and ask open ended questions and people can tell a story and at the same time we can also ask closed ended questions and we can get different statistics.

  1. What did you learn? (Beginning – end: course)

Research is something that we do a lot without knowing, but this class help me put thing in respective. Now I know what when I’m interested in studying something that I’m interested in I can get to the root of the study.  First I need to make sure a have a topic (what I need to know) then a research questions.  The research questions must be focus because if it’s to bring I will get overwhelm and will not be able to get to the root of the problem.

             Identifying and limiting the topic

             Gathering information

             Reviewing the related literature

             Implementing the plan and collecting date

             Analyzing the data

             Developing an action plan

             Sharing ad communicating the results

             Reflecting on the process

Now I am able to use all this tools in my profession.

—2. What did you learn? (beginning – end: program).
             At first I didn't know anything about web designing or how to conduct research and how important technology is in our daily life.

3. How is the learning related to your profession?

             I am able to do more research on the group of people that I will be teaching and focus on their need. 



ETEC 534 we learn about research.

we learn to use APA style, how to research for scholarly journals, literature reviews and how to find articles, Peer review, we learn on how to choose a topic and manage our topic, use annotated bibliographies, create a survey, write a proposal and a final report. 

Please click on the links below to see what I learn and what I created for this course.


Scholarly Journals

Literature Review: Find Articles in Database

Peer Review in 5 minutes From ETEC 543

Choosing a Manageable Research Topic From ETEC 543

annotated bibliographies From ETEC 543

Survey From ETEC543

Report From ETEC 543

Proposal From ETEC 543


Mertler, C. A. (2015). Action research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Inc

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