So now, I'm trying to figure out how to turn my classroom observations and ideas into "real" research. The kind that can be published in peer reviewed journals and that will help me get into doctoral programs if I decide to apply in a few years.
Little did I know, there are SO MANY RULES to researching.
Before I thought the rules would be pretty easy. I'm good at APA formatting, properly placing commas, and checking my sources. But formatting and style rules are the least of my concerns. The US government has tons of guidelines and regulations about what should and should not be done when collecting research data from living human subjects.
So far, I've spent probably 5 hours taking an online course with Citi Program to certify me to research with human subjects. It's been very helpful, but I still feel like I've just scratched the surface on what I need to do to prepare to start properly organizing my ideas and data.
Now I really wish I had done a more research-based MA program instead of a purely taught MA program, but you live and learn, right?
My Chinese friends tell me that if I only want to publish things in China, I don't need any of these silly consent forms or certifications. Just pay the journal some money, and they'll put that article in, no problem. Too bad that won't look as convincing on doctoral program applications!