What I learn from my (current) research journey

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So, currently, i’m in the process of conducting a research about language attrition (and maintenance) in EFL context. The first stage is to reveal the phenomenon from teachers’ perspective. For that, I conduct a survey.

The first week in data collection process, preliminary look shows a stark homogeneity. It could mean 3 possibilities: 1) my instrument fails to capture/accommodate variability, 2) The demography is uniformed, and 3) that is the real situation in the field.

For possibility 1, I did literature review and tested it again and again, and it’s okay. So I go on to test possibility number 2, and yes, most of my respondents are those teachers in higher education setting.  SO here comes a problem: how I can get K-12 teachers to participate in my survey. I have friends, colleague, and family members who work as K-12 teachers but I have never been comfortable in asking others to do things for me, I don’t want to impose anyone to do my bidding. But then I muster up my courage and reach out to them.

And they don’t fail me.

Most of them are willing to help me, filling out the questionnaire, and going as far as passing along the survey to their friends, colleagues, teacher groups, CPD groups in their region, and more.

I am left speechless.

As much as I feel so grateful beyond belief, I also learn something here:

  1. keep in touch, contact, with people in your life,
  2. do not be afraid to reach out,
  3. don’t forget to always strive to be on the other end of the favor. You will never know the scale of help you could give to people and how grateful they could be.
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