I would like to begin by saying that, the assignment was an excellent opportunity to better understand the various research methodologies and techniques we studied, during the course of our class lectures. By developing a research draft, I was able to obtain an explicit idea about the process of conducting a research and the various concepts associated with a research process.
While preparing the draft I faced many challenges, which I overcame with the help of the data available in the text book, class lectures, and the college library. One such challenge was to find out the best statistical technique, to measure and analyze qualitative data. While it is very easy to measure and analyze quantitative data, such as number of children with access to digital technologies and the amount of time a child spends interacting with technologies, it was extremely hard to find a convincing tool to measure qualitative aspects of my study, such as the development of cognitive abilities in children.
I learnt about the NVivo software package, through my research conducted using the college library and some online sources. This software enables researchers to analyze qualitative data and is particularly useful while conducting in-depth analysis of large volumes of rich text based data. It is a time saving tool, which is extremely handy in analyzing large quantities of unstructured data. This tool is perfect for my research, particularly in measuring the variables such as cognitive Development and Social Skills.
This assignment done by me was a part of that educational experience whereby I did not just gain knowledge from the data I collected, but also gained a lot of insights through the process of conducting the research.