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Friday, 18 October 2013

Keep calm and trust yourself

Looking around peoples blogs seems like everyone is getting into the momentum of starting back - Great.

Module Ones have got their blogs going. Some people are on Google+ it is like another world when you are used to using blog spot!! I noticed less comments on Google+ blogs. Remember to visit across hosts!!!

Module Twos: you don't have to pin your question down in detail; just have an idea of the area. Then move on to Section 5 ethics and then the Research tools section. These sections are design to and SHOULD affect your question. So no point having it all mapped out to the letter - because you will feel  reluctant to change anything. Also you need to move on because Module two covers a lot of things!! You need the time. Your question is stewing on the back burner and you are feeding the fire under it by starting to read literature about the area you are interested in. Its like getting all your ingredients together for the final proposal you have the question ingredient for now you need to get the ethics ingredient and the data collection ingredient and most important the how to analyse it all ingredient. Some tasks in the module might feel like they are taking you away from your question. But the module is about developing a line of inquiry or planning research NOT about answering the question. In fact just don't link questions with answers. (tell answers to take a hike close things down, half the time you don't recognise them until we are well past them anyway). Questions should lead to better, more in formed question NOT answers. So you can see you may never get the perfect 'question' just a better understanding of the area.

Module Threes:
OMG don't worry about the artefact yet!!! You cant know what the artefact will be before you know what it is about. Think of it this way.
1) you have a question you want to know more about...
2) you look into it.. thats what you are doing now
3) you look closely at what you found when you collected data and all the reading you have been doing (the literature) and all the conversations (in other words you analyse)
(3b) You realise something... (it might be pre-verbal, non-verbal) it's an idea.
4a) You want to tell others in your life (profession) about it and about the process you took to get to it - it and the process will have an impact on how you share it...How you share it is the professional artefact
4b) You want to tell others in the university about it and the process to get to it ...You have to do that in university language (the final reflective report). This is an artefact also an academic artefact.

Let your research reveal itself to you - don't decide what it is or how it is or what it has to say before you have done it. Trust you will know when you know.

OK then keep going everyone!!
Adesola



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