The question What is research in my world? leads to the questions, What is my world? What is someone’s world anyway? Where in it is research and what is its role? If I answered all these questions with one statement, the answer would be, Since I was at GSE it doesn’t matter what my world is like, it is where I am in whatever I do and think about the things in the world – form now, with “an army behind” (as one of our instructors once said).
The way how I situate my stance is different now. It has moved from being personal and uncertain to confident and grounded. In fact, learning at GSE has divided it into before and after. Not that I have changed very much, but I have gained much. Here, I am not talking about the knowledge acquired, undoubtedly valuable either. I mean the skill of answering my own questions by communicating with scholars, which I developed through experience and guidance I recieved during the first year of doing Master’s. For example, I had been pessimistic and unconfident about the success of trilingual policy in Kazakhstan before I started exploring multilingual education in many other contexts. After having studied works on language policies, gauging and evaluating different authors’ arguments based on their researches, I see that the uncertainty should have taken place. Moreover, there is “an army” of researchers discussing and speculating over the issues so that others would learn from those studies and avoid the flaws. This is the value of research, its main purpose – to serve for the better.
Research is asking questions and finding all possible ethical ways to answer them. My world forces me to seek for the answers to different question, at times, not related to academic life. Searching out the answers to questions is a skill I have developed here in GSE, which I am going to apply in the world beyond the university. The only question research cannot find the answer is, What my world will puzzle me with, as it is only the matter of time.