In this field, it is always in our best interest to foster good learning and teaching practices. The more research that is made in the favor of the education industry, the better the chancing of improving learning. I would gladly embrace any opportunity to conduct studies that have the chance to develop an educational technology.
Educational researchers should be willing to collaborate with others, regardless of their theoretical ties. According to Ravitch and Carl (2016), collaboration is important in creating scenarios that challenge your ideologies and incorporate different viewpoints into your research.
I agree with Ravitch and Carl’s thoughts on collaboration because of a related personal experience. I am interested in researching the application of virtual reality in education and sports training. My friend is interested in teaching language with technology. We happened to be in the same discussion group a semester ago and I talked with her about researching the use of virtual reality to learn a language. The immersive feature of VR will support assimilation into that particular language culture.
In my opinion, I find it unethical to refuse to make research for the benefit of learning because it doesn’t fit a particular ideology.
If the research is to benefit learning, I would not hesitate. Learning is more important than my feelings about a theory.
Ravitch, S. M., & Carl, N. M. (2016). Qualitative research: bridging the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological. Los Angeles: SAGE.