If life is what happens to our plans, then dance is what happens to our steps.
ideas sometimes when you wait they come to you.

Preparation for starting with BAPP

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

PM Skype - discussion

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.  



  1. When I started Module One, I thought I knew what I wanted to use as the basis for my inquiry. Then during the module my entire career focus changed (pretty drastic, I know!) so the focus of the inquiry had to change as well! I was pretty stuck for ideas until I started Module Two, then realised I was developing *too many* ideas and couldn't focus! I've only recently realised what I wanted to work on and research and the rest of this module is geared towards this outcome.

    Time Management tip-wise: I don't really have one as my schedule is so hectic I can't stick to a set timetable! I suppose I've always stuck to the "Do one thing each day that helps you towards your goal" mantra: whether that was learning a new song, sending one important email, or now, reading a blog or two, getting through a few pages of a research book, or attending the theatre.

  2. My time management tip is be realistic. Give yourself a few tasks a day (depending on how long they will take). If you leave everything until one day I find myself overwhelmed and wanting to put it off even more. - Get small jobs out of the way rather than letting them pile up.

    1. Yes, it really hard to start something when you know you have loads more to do!!

  3. Hi all! My time management tip is to use technology to your advantage. I set multiple reminders on my phones that keep me on track throughout busy multitasking days

  4. Hi, time keeping tip for me is to make sure I set myself realistic goals of the time of day I'm going to get things done. I'm realising after a day of teaching I am twice as slow. A few hours in the morning, couple of times a week is working best for me!