In my action research proposal, I lean towards the view point of teachers advocating healthy choices at their school because it is clear, by looking at child-obesity statistics, the parents do not take the initiative in teaching their children on how to make healthy choices. Many children are overweight though a lack of proper nutrition and lack of exercise. We live in an age where technology is utilized in many aspects in our lives. Adults and children sometimes use technology to learn new information and entertain. Children are no longer pushed to play outside because busy parents do not have the time to watch their children, so children are given technology to keep them busy. For every 10 percent rise in what a country spends on information and communications technology, there’s a 1 percent increase in obesity rates (Fox 2012).
Mental health has been greatly effecting our children due to economic problems. In the preliminary research that I conducted, I found that racial and ethnic minorities are more prone to health conditions. The barriers that were related to health problems were: demographic variables, social structure variables, health beliefs and attitudes, personal enabling resources, community enabling resources, perceived illness and personal health practices (Scheppers, Van Dongen, Dekker, Geertzen, and Dekker, 2006).
There are many websites that spread false information to spread their propaganda and I will have to be diligent on my use of the web for research. Scholarly journals do exist on the web, under Google’s search engine called “Google scholar”. To effectively and efficiently research information on the web, it would be best to be specific as possible. Changing my thesis into a question may help narrow the research.
Conducting interviews on parents, doctors, and teachers will help me gather preliminary information to help me solidify my stance regarding my topic of research. Going to library maybe “old school”, but it will safeguard my research from fake information.
To conduct research effectively and efficiently, my thesis will have to be clear and specific. The thesis is a very important part of an essay because it summarizes what you have in mind for this research essay and guides the reader in reading your essay accurately.
I need to remember that the process of researching is not linear. As I write, I will run into unanticipated gaps, which can either throw my essay off completely or redirect my thesis. It is imperative that the preliminary research that I conduct on the web and in the library is accurate and thorough, so the gaps do no stop my research paper from happening.