In terms of investigating our expectations, wants and needs from our Project week experience my group identified areas in which we wanted to grow, we explicitly told each other our interests, skills and talents that we wanted to harness for this amazing opportunity. As all of the group is like minded individuals, having backgrounds in fairly similar interests for example in particular sports and animals, we identified that on our project week we wanted to mainly focus on Action and Service. As with this we would be able to exploit our talents, that being sporting activities, but also use our interests to benefit the community in an animal sanctuary, allowing us to address sustainable development goal 15, life on land. Therefore we established after extensive research that places such as Thailand, Nepal, Cambodia would be great places to go. In addition to this we also made clear activities that we personally believes wouldn’t suit our skill sets and weren’t interested in doing during project week. We all made compromises and exceptions to agree on certain sporting activities that we wouldn’t want to do during project week. Of course however we wanted to make sure that this week as a result of it being an amazing opportunity that we took full advantage and didn’t just do activities that we have done before and comfortable with therefore we started to researched providers that offered activities that we had never done before.
However, as our initial proposal was denied and at that point there was limited countries, providers and services left we decided on taking a different approach and tackled something different. Us as a group were very sporty individuals however most of us had trouble with creativity therefore we decided that we would step out of our comfort zone and focus on creativity and service during our project week. This allowed us to have much more freedom in addressing our interests as there was not as many restrictions on creativity providers than there was with action providers therefore we were able to do numerous different creative activities. However, we then needed to find a new service that once again fulfilled our interests and skill sets so that we could be of use to the service we chose. We decided on EpicArts as it was an organisation that many of our members had a personal connection as we had worked with them before, and in addition when asking EpicArts what they wanted us to help them with, they responded saying they would appreciate our help in taking advantage of our knowledge in sports and biology, as this was a skill set that 3/4 of the members in our group had.
One thing I’ve learned
I have learn’t a lot today, in particular as i’m doing my EE about child abuse and the extent abused children can be reliable eyewitnesses, I learn’t a lot about the statistics of abuse and how abuse has huge impacts in the cognitive development of the child. This is turn why in many cases, children’s abuse allegations can never be fully investigate and often result in a lack of convictions as many argue that this causes them to be unreliable and unfit to testify against the abuser. Thus this is a very controversial topic and the research conducted has major positive but also negative implications.
What I’m proud of
I am proud that today I was able to finish my 1000 word draft, therefore I have less stress continuing on and I can carry on my research without having to worry about the deadline. I am really appreciative of this EE I think it helped me a lot as having a long chunk of time enabled me to really think about my research question and how I want to answer it and I realised that it was too broad for me to go fully in-depth into it, considering we only have 4000 words. Therefore I refined my topic to focus on particular children who have suffered from violence and if this makes a difference in their memory reliability and susceptibility.
What I’ll be doing next
Next I will be conducting more research into factors and the supporting studies about abuse that impact it has on children’s memory reliability. I think I also need to organise my all ready existing research just so I have a more rounded view of the direction my essay is going. Lastly I think that I need to investigate the opposing claim, and find research that says children can be reliable witness, research that fully concluded that children can be used as reliable witness will be hard to find , therefore I think I will have to look for research that states they can be used as reliable witnesses under certain and set conditions, and that will be my apposing claim.
I first found this topic to be exceptionally interesting when we watched a TEDx video about psychotherapy. It had never occurred to me that our memory, something so fundamental to our being, can be so easily manipulated to such an extent. I was then curious about the fields in which they rely on memory so heavily, such as the judicial system, and how this knowledge affects the processes, and if children used in these processes are more prone to the manipulation. This relates to me as I want to study either child Psychology or law at university. Therefore this topic combines both of my interests. This is an important issue as researching children’s memories can significantly improve the way we use child witnesses in court but also can provide insight into how to effectively use them, namely questioning techniques. My research question attempts to address the extent to which children can be used as reliable eyewitnesses and why.