I decided to do my EE in psychology as the subject has always fascinated and motivated me to find deeper reasons behind our everyday actions. During my vacations, I heard about the suicides cases committed by teenagers after the CBSE board results. It intrigued me to look for the reasons behind such severe actions. I began to read more about this topic, however, I wasn’t convinced by the studies I found. While researching I discovered about different parenting styles and personally found this area very interesting as I wanted to study the effects and role it has on adolescents lives. I reworked on my RQ and changed my variables to parenting and adolescent development. The challenge that I faced was getting relevant resources. However, with my supervisor’s support and by the use of textbooks in our school library I was able to get collect information. Motivation by my peers was the high point for me as I could see the results of hard work which gave me satisfaction. In contrast, time management was the low point for me as I had a lot of other submissions to cope up with to overcome it I tried making a timetable.
As I was able to read through a lot of material, sort them and choose the most relevant ones, I do believe that my secondary research is quite successful. During the process of research, I had to change my approach to the EE. I felt my RQ was very broad as it originally focused on parenting styles and overall adolescent development. I then decided to narrow down the focus on personality development in adolescents for more conducive research work. Initially, I only used google scholar for finding relevant studies but with the help and advice of my peers, I explored other online sources like JSTOR and researchgate. The use of these online resources provided a depth to my research which otherwise wouldn™t have been possible. This process helped me in developing good research skills and analytical skills as I had to independently infer and analyze the secondary researches. Overall the EE has abetted me in learning skills and in widening my knowledge about the factors impacting adolescent development.
If I were to take the research again, I would do more brainstorming and prepare a detailed mind map for each step to make my work effective. This will eliminate changes that I made due to insufficient resources and lack of clarity faced when I had to narrow down the RQ. I would also start the process early so that I get sufficient time to find more resources in terms of online material as well as published books and thesis papers to add more authenticity in my work. The strategy that I used by preparing a timetable was effective but making a detailed mindmap could have been more effective in achieving the desired outcomes. During the research, I realized that there are factors like resilience that may not let other external factors including parenting style or peer pressure impact adolescent personality development. If I had to undertake the research I would probably look at internal vs external factors that impact adolescent development.