On Monday morning and Tuesday Afternoon we had our monthly discussion groups. We talked about how we create the critical narrative (reflective essays and reviews) for what we are doing. In Module One you are looking at your practice through three lenses – web 2.0, reflection and networks. These themes run through the whole course. At the end of Module One you need to write a critical reflection on what you have done. This is the same as Module three where you have done (the inquiry) and now you have to organise that into a critical narrative to let people know what it was you did and how you did it and what you learnt from it. So basically at the end of each Module you are doing the same thing: critically reflecting and tell the narrative of your learning and linking that to the literature on the topics you have encountered.
With that in mind the context is important: explaining the context in which you have been doing things is important. We talked bout how explaining the context helps the reader understand the thoughts and conclusions you have come to. If one person goes outside the building they can reflect
‘if you go outside the building you get wet’
and other person can reflect
‘if you go outside the building you hear a patter sound.’
The Reader needs to know the context to really understand the reflection. The first person was out in the rain the second person was too but they had an umbrella. So their reflections are more informative and understandable when you know the method they used to go outside the building (ie the ‘method’ of going out with an umbrella, or going out without an umbrrella).
This led us to talk about the importance of starting to be aware of you in your practice/study/research: being aware of your own opinions and feelings. In turn we then talked about the use of reflection throughout the course and how it becomes more meaningful as a practice when you think of it as a way to better identify your own perceptions and the impact they have on your understanding of situations.
Lastly, we talked about how the Module Three artefact therefore also needs to give context and explain the inquiry process NOT JUST BE an antidote to something you found during the Module Three inquiry.
Please read and comment on the posts of other people in the discussion.
What do you think?