Our PM skype went well also. We talked about a number of things including:
How to cite – there are a number of guides for how to write-up unusual citations such as from pod casts or films on web-sites. Some people recommended ‘cite me’ I also found:
There is also a clear guide on our Middlesex Library web-pages and the librarians are also there to help.
We talked about the idea that these chats are for exchanging ideas and thinking beyond your own process. For instance Julia talked about her thoughts about translating her interviews when they are carried out in Portuguese and she is writing in English. That got us thinking about the interview process in general and the ways we can try to make sure we get the meaning behind what people are saying. Importantly it made us realise that to some extent we cannot find the ‘truth’ of what someone is saying. It does not exist in qualitative research (such as we are doing) because everything is interpreted at one level or another.
Bernie and Pip are going to write about this
We also talked about time management. Everyone who was in the conversation is going to put a time management tip on their post. I am asking that you – the person reading this – yes YOU…. Write a time management tip in the comments here Please.
Mine is: to write a list of things I must do and then give myself a deadline or day I have to do them by. So each thing on the list has a day when I have to have done it by!!
We asked each other questions about the course and those in Module one asked how that was for those who had completed module one. Lisa asked did you know what your inquiry would be in Module Three when you were in Module One? Everyone in Module Three said no that the inquiry emerged as they did the work of Module One and Two. That was helpful because then the Module Three people realised that they were worrying about things toward the end of Module Three (like what the professional artefact should be) rather than trusting like the whole course that would emerge as they did their research. It is impossible to say what the artefact will be before you’ve done the research just as you can’t write about the research before you’ve done it – unless you have a time machine!!
It made us see how discussion is important – that is not always address a question by asking for someone to give you an answer but to address a question by talking about it with other people. Julia is going to blog further on this.
Lisa is going to post about hearing how other people have dealt with the course.
Looking forward to reading your time management tips.