INDEPENDENT RESEARCH STUDY REFLECTIVE REPORT
The process of independent research process is usually an individually student based which involves the student’s identification of a specific topic of research which is subsequently followed by the submission of a final report. The compiled report is usually based on the findings and processes that take place throughout the study (Kumar, 2008). Developing the independent research process is mainly based on the student’s ability to collect credible data on which the most useful information can be extracted. Therefore it usually acts as an actual means through which the student’s are capable of indicating the hurdles as well as the successes that were encountered during the study (Gallagher and Zahari, 2008). Thus it is in other words an evaluation tool through which the student reiterates the professional and personal development that has been achieved through carrying out that particular study.
At first I faced various challenges on the overall format through which I was to organise my entire study due to few of these studies that have already been conducted in Morocco. Moreover, the due to acute scarcity of the comprehensive studies that have been carried out in the sector within the Moroccan market, this necessitated the use of data within the neighbouring areas leading more comparison challenges. However, the use of secondary data also poised another greater challenge which according to Johns (2009) had been previously collected so as to be used for other purposes but later previewed for the study been carried out. This was mainly because this sector lacked adequate information for amicable comparison.
Learning is a process that is very crucial in promoting self-reflection within an individual which according to Doel (2007) ensures that a person is capable of improving from one to another one which better as a result of continuous process of self reflection. Therefore this is an idea of continuous learning and advancement.
Moreover, I can only compare my entire process of learning outcome through the use of the Kolb’s learning cycle which is critically essential in the exemplification of my learning outcome that I have already acquired. However, prior to the application of my acquired learning outcome to the Kolb’s learning cycle according to Eicholz (1997) it is necessary to consider the metacognitive knowledge that is very crucial in enabling my success in the future. These includes the task knowledge, strategic knowledge as well as self knowledge (Gallagher and Zahari, 2008).
Concrete experience and metacognitive knowledge
The hospitality sector constitutes a big share of the businesses in Morocco but remains to be one of the most poorly researched. This posed a great challenge to me because there was very little information about this sector in Northern African nations. However, I tried to overcome this challenge through the review of various peered journal and websites.
Thus due to the scarcity of the information I was constantly involved in the revising and changing of the information that I had collected in my drafts so as to cope with my topic’s actuality (Gallagher and Zahari, 2008). Therefore this enabled me to realize the importance of collecting comprehensive information which necessitated me to make credible conclusions and assumptions from where I was capable of proceeding from. This has therefore enabled me to acquire adequate information in the hospitality sector which will be very crucial in my future career (Clott, 2004).
Reflections and conceptualisation on the study
In the process of developing my study and gaining of the strategic as well as task knowledge I managed to determine all my strengths and also the weaknesses. My major strengths were flexibility and the clarity of my work arrangement. These two crucial strengths played a major role in making the study to be a success (Kumar, 2008). Moreover, the main weakness that I noticed was the lack of effective time management skills all of which greatly affected my overall organization of the study and more preferably at the initial stages. However, the experience and exposure that I got from the entire study is can’t be compared to any other and will be very crucial in my future endeavours (Gallagher and Zahari, 2008).
Considering this independent research study it becomes vital to reiterate that this process has greatly influenced to my future career (Clott, 2004). This could be achieved through the application of the knowledge that I have acquired in the process of conducting the study. Thus I have so far started implementing the acquired knowledge in my personal as well as professional development plan. This is very vital in enabling me to achieve whichever the state I have always wanted to both professionally and personally (Kumar, 2008). Thus this is always a crucial process for everyone to carry out while undertaking there research study since it greatly helps them in their future careers.
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