Self-Evaluation Report

 

Self-evaluation Report

 

 

            Self-evaluation is an important tool for improving students' performance. According to Rol-heiser and Ross (1998), self-evaluation enables students to assess the quality of their work using explicit criteria and evidence. In this way, they hope to achieve better performance in the future. Thus, self-evaluation not only enhances the students' intrinsic motivation, but also improves their self-efficacy. The following self-evaluation report is my attempt to explore the interesting facts that I have discovered about social research by taking this module. I will also examine the problems that I have encountered while trying to analyze research data, and the strategies I employ to overcome them. In addition, I also discuss the challenges I face while writing research reports, as well as how the knowledge of research me this and skills that I have acquired through this module will help increase my employability.

            Through this module, I was  introduced to and started using social research to conduct various studies, including writing of term papers and reports.  Through my interaction with social research, I have discovered several interesting facts.  For example, I have discovered that there are various ways of finding a research topic in criminology, including personal experience, curiosity, social obligations, or commissioned research. Secondly, although I have always known that there are ethical considerations to research studies in social science, taking this course has also  opened my eyes to the legal considerations of lack of ethics in research, including possible litigation, as well as insurance claims in the worst case scenarios.

            I have encountered a few problems while trying to analyze data for my research on a number of occasions. One of the problems that I have encountered is not having timely or accurate data. This is a very grave mistake in social research that calls for data quality assurance. To overcome this problem, I have had to clean the data before analyzing it. By addressing this data quality issue, I have found out that the data analysis process becomes smother and easier.  Another issue that I have often encountered while analyzing data is dealing with very large data sets. Again, it becomes very tricky to analyze such large volumes of data. However, I have learnt that by “binning” or grouping data together, I can form smaller and more manageable data groups and this increases the efficiency of data analysis.

            Writing a research report is always a challenge for most students, and I have not been an exception. To start with, coming up with a title or topic for the research report has always been a problem to me. However, I have been doing a lot of research from social science books, journals and publication and gained useful insights. For example, I know ensures that the topic of choice is related to the proposed aim or goal of the research paper. In addition, I always ensure that the research questions can be summarized by the research topic chosen. Another challenges that I have had to deal with is the development of research hypothesis. To overcome this problem, I develop my research hypotheses from the study's research questions. Analyzing qualitative research has also been a problem for me not only because of the large amount of time needed, but most qualitative data involves large sample sizes (Miller & Dingwall 1997). This calls for meticulous attention.

             To overcome these challenges, I always ensure that I have an intimate knowledge of the qualitative data I am dealing with. In addition, I also ensure that I fully understand the theoretical frameworks involved in such a study.  Dealing with qualitative data is also hard because it entails the daily activities in social life, most of which we take for granted.  To overcome this challenge, I am usually forced to read such data several times and become fully acquainted with it. I have also formed the habit of transposing the individual action or response of the questions into a different scenario.

 

            I have learnt a lot of important things on this module that will definitely improve my knowledge base. My deep interest in the various lectures in the module means that I have not struggled to like the various units like some of my colleagues. Consequently, my performance in the model has been commendable. However, there are three specific areas of the module that stand out. These are the areas that I have performed the best in. They include the formulation of research questions, definition of qualitative research and its role in criminology, as well as the role of theory in qualitative research. These areas have enabled me to improve my researching and writing skills in the module.

            I am fully convinced that the research skill and methods that I have acquired through this module will go a long way in increasing my employability. The study of research methods and skills is vital for university students because it introduces them to various concepts used in research (Connolly 2003). In addition, one also get to learn how to conduct various forms of research, including research conducted under both quantitative and qualitative paradigms (Creswell 2003) .  Moreover, it is important that the research process followed the established ethics (Best & Khan 2006) and as a student researcher, you are expected to keep these in mind.

            The research skills and methods that I have learnt thorough this module  have enabled me to improve my problem solving skills. I am not only better in the identification and definition of problems, but can also gather and analyze data related to specific problems, in addition to developing plausible solutions or recommendations for overcoming such problems.  In addition, the module has helped to improve my writing skills. I am now able to write concise, correct, clear and coherent reports to suit the intended purpose and audience. I am also more effective in the transfer of formal or informal information.

           

 

Reference List

Best, JW & Khan, JV 2006. Research in Education (9th Ed.). Lahore: Mayo Art Press

Connolly, P 2007. Quantitative Data Analysis in Education: A Critical Introduction Using

 

SPSS. New York: Routledge Publishers.

 

Creswell, J 2003. Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed

 

Methods Approaches. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE

 

Miller, G & Dingwall, R 1997, Context and Method in Qualitative Research, Sage, London.

Rolheiser, C & Ross, JA 1998. Student Self-Eval-uation: What Research Say and What Practice Shows. Center for Development and Learning. Available at:

http://www.cdl.org/resource-library/articles/self_eval.php. [Accessed 22 April 2014]

 

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