Fundamentals of Research Essay

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It has always been human nature to seek answers, find solutions to problems, observe, and bring awareness of discoveries. This process of inquiry has become more sophisticated and daunting throughout time. Nevertheless, curiosity and the need to progress remains the same. Many regard research as gathering information and using facts to support findings (Leedy & Ormrod, 2010, pg. 1-2). Nevertheless, Leedy and Ormrod (2010), define research as "a systematic process of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting information (data) in order to increase our understanding of a phenomenon about which we are interested or concerned" (Leedy & Ormond, 2010, pg. 2). Nunan's definition (as cited in Mustafa, 2011), describes research as having a…show more content…
Beyer (1985) describes critical thinking as "evaluating information or arguments in terms of their accuracy and worth" (as cited in Leedy & Ormrod, 2010, p. 31). For example, music teachers face the challenge of managing large classes with a variety of learning and behavioral needs. Music teachers do not have the proper training or resources to support students with disabilities and depend on other curriculum to plan according to the various learning needs in the class. Another challenge is optimizing time to plan appropriate music activities for various grade levels, and musical events in a tight schedule. The research will be based on critical thinking skills that will focus on the goal, thus finding alternative methods to improve and adapt the music curriculum (Leedy &Orrod, 2010, pg. 32). Nevertheless, to attain the goal, the researcher needs to have and design a plan. The origin of the "subproblems" lead to possible hypotheses. Using class size as an example, administrators have the freedom to create an instructional schedule in order to support the instructional needs of the school. Based on the state assessment, schools receive a grade, thus placing unnecessary stress on the students, teachers and administrators. As a result, schedules are designed around the core subjects giving language arts and math teachers’ instructional support and common
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