Potential Research problems in Education
There are a number of problems that can arise in the market research process. Your task in this exercise is to review the list of potential problems below and assess their likelihood of occurrence and their potential impact (that is, the damage to the validity of the final research results) if they did occur.
Some school problems you might worry about include: Finding schoolwork difficult or having problems concentrating in class if others are noisy and disruptive. Tricky relationships with friends and friendship groups. Not getting on with teachers, feeling like you are labelled as 'trouble' You could speak to the wrong people. You ask badly worded or confusing questions. Respondents could make up the answers. Particularly if they are in a hurry. Interviewers could make up the answers. Possible if you are using untrained people. People may behave differently than what they say. A lot of retired people respond as they have more spare time.
Solutions to this problem include:
Creating and making available educational resources on competency-based learning. These resources might be best practices, rubrics or tools, or research.
Convening a coalition of League of Innovative Schools districts that are working to build successful competency-based models. Creating a technical solution for flexible tracking of competencies and credits.
Problem No. 2: Leadership doesn’t always support second-order change, and those in potential leadership roles, such as teachers and librarians, aren’t always empowered to help effect change. Solutions to this problem include:
Promoting the League of Innovative Schools efforts to enable second-order change leadership. Creating a framework, to be used in professional development, that would target and explain second-order change leadership discussions. Schedule panel discussions about second-order change leadership.
Problem No. 3: Communities and cultures are resistant to change, including technology-based change. Solutions to this problem include:
Identifying new and engaging ways to share cutting-edge and tech-savvy best practices with school and district stakeholders and community members. Involve business leaders in technology-rich schools and create school-business partnerships. Look to influential organizations to spearhead national ed-tech awareness campaigns.
Problem No. 4: Education budgets aren’t always flexible enough to support the cost, sustainability, or scalability of innovations. Solutions to this problem include: Build relationships with local businesses and career academies and create incentives for companies to hire students, in order to create a revenue stream for schools. Look to competitive pricing and creative solutions. Leaders must not be afraid to take risks and support the changes needed to bring about this kind of budgeting.
Problem No. 5: Professional Development is stale and outdated. Solutions to this problem include: Identifying best practices from other industries or sectors and learn more about adult learning. Create a community for teachers to access immediate help. Personalize professional development. Create and strengthen K-12 and higher education partnerships. Create alternative modes of certification and reward forward-thinking practices.
Problem No. 6: School districts do not have evidence-based processes to evaluate, select, and monitor digital content inclusive of aligned formative assessments. Solutions to this problem include: Creating a marketplace or database to help educators identify and evaluate, as well as take ownership of, digital content. Involve students in digital content evaluation. Identify schools or districts to test digital content evaluation and storage systems.
Problem No. 7: Current and traditional instructional methods leave students less engaged and less inclined to take ownership of their learning. Solutions to this problem include: Creating working groups, within education organizations, with the aim of advancing authentic student learning. Leverage the internet to create online tools and resources that offer innovative teaching strategies to help engage students. Help teachers understand and practice authentic teaching and learning to help students master skills and standards.