The Author’s Research Experience
Drawing from one’s own education journey this has been very fulfilling. You never stop learning. Much of our learning comes from our daily experiences at work and the outside world, and how we harness those experiences into our vocabulary in order to form part of a reserve of knowledge from which to draw information when we need them. For instance, through research and communicating with adults and young people from all walks of life, we have gained a wealth of knowledge which has enhanced our vocabulary and awareness of the diversity of nationalities and cultures within our society.
Such a vast mix of people enriches our culture, and gives us a better world view of what multiculturalism and diversity is all about. We can learn so much about other people’s way of life, which makes us realize that we do not just live in a vacuum, but in a world that is full of a variety of wonderful places, people, and scenic views. Each group brings something exotic which helps to add different activities to the existing British culture where people can learn about other people’s lifestyle which incorporates added flavour and richness in society.
Going into schools and colleges and speaking to headmasters, teachers, and pupils, and noticing how they run their organisations, was a valuable experience to have acquired. It is helpful when there are no language barriers when conducting your research, as this would set back your effort to finish your data collecting on time. However arrangements can be made if this was to be the case, to have an interpreter present to help clarify what is being said during the interview.
The term diversity is now widely being used to identify groups of individuals in society. This has moved from Multiculturalism to the new terminology of diversity, but it doesn’t change the situation that people come from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures to be partakers in the British way of life.