I wanted to interview a faculty member in a Department I feel most would over look. I look at the departments page and saw the College of Education and I thought that would be a unique interview and educational research, although interesting, is not something I would particularly want to research. I looked through only a few faculty member webpages because there were so many and came across Dr. Yamauchi. I later met with Professor Yamauchi who is a professor in the department of educational psychology. I got to meet with her and talk about her research. Through this interview I was able to become more aware of what educational research might entail and how one conducts it.
As Prof. Yamauchi talked, she began to explain what kind of research she does as a professor in the department of education. Prof. Yamauchi researches how children who have culturally diverse backgrounds and indigenous language speaking children learn and preform in school. Prof. Yamauchi applies the CREDE standards for teaching. CREDE stands for Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence. Prof. Yamauchi added that CREDE has been adopted in Greenland and she’ll sometimes get calls from friends in Greenland asking what should they put into their education laws.
The way Prof. Yamauchi carries out her research is her and, or, her team will go to a classroom and videotape the teacher teaching. The teacher and fellow colleagues will be shown the video, this gives a chance for the teachers to see how other people teach which gives them new insights on strategies that are effective and ineffective. Prof. Yamauchi also said much of her research has been reading articles and publications related to her study. She said that when she started researching this topic she read to see what information was out there on this subject. Prof. Yamauchi said she tries to keep up with any new publications that might come out as they may offer new information.
Perhaps the most important question one can ask a researcher of any field is, how did you become interested in this field? Prof. Yamauchi shared her academic research journey and how it has evolved over time. Part of which she was influenced by growing up in Hawaii. She said she feels the immigrants have some kind of obligation to take care of the native peoples.
Prof. Yamauchi’s research is evident that research is not bound to your field and can cross a variety of studies. As she explained what her research entails, one can see her research involves language, anthropology, political science.