- Scan the text - does it seem relevant?
- If it is an article written using academic rules - there should be an abstract or in the case of a book - a summary - are these relevant?
- Read the Table of Context - do to the area you want to read - go back to earlier chapters if you get lost but often chapters are self-contained so can be read on their own.
- Look in the back for the index to look up terms so you can focus on these
- Look in the Bibliography for authors and other sources that are relevant.
Friday, 26 February 2010
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Work based learning (WBL) projects are projects that are directly realted to what you do in the workplace in some way. It could bewhat you are doing anyway or it could be an innovation or solving a problem. You could relate it to a job that needs to be done.
What do you need to find out?
Why will that make a difference to your work and career?
What impact will it have on your job, your work colleagues, the sector in which you work?
Can you disseminate what you find out anywhere?
Will your project have some sort of impact?
Are you going to develop some new service? a new product? a learning resource?
MDX has been undertaken a lot of research about WBL.
Topics generate issues and the research or inquiry you undertake is finding out about issues that refer back to concepts and theories from 'thinkers' - other professionals and research based academics. That is the academic side of things. The research is just one part of the project, but it is an important one (refer to Peter's and Rosemary's blogs as well on this one).
However in many areas in which we work, while there is some research that has been published in book, journals, the web, there are a lot of sources - like people- in the context of your workplace that you need to go and talk to to find out what is going on! With WBL it is also about the doing.
People have asked about previous topics. Some of the ones I looked at from finalists included: ‘Method Acting and the Current Thinking of its Use Among a Network of Professional Actors’, ‘Preparing an Optimised Dance Curriculum for a Mixed Ability Performing Arts Course’, ‘The Transition from Dancer to choreographer within the Field of Musical Theatre’,‘Can Elements of Ballet Training Improve Gymnast’s Overall Performance’, ‘Using Creative Methods to Enhance Engagement in Dance Education’, ‘An investigation into the Role of Experiential Learning, and its Contribution to the Progression of a Ballet Company’, ‘Action Research Study on Preventative Care Measures for Dancers’, ‘Behaviour Management within a primary school context, primarily focusing on year three children in Key Stage two’.
As we have more visual artists with us this year - I expect more topics that have to do with that line of work.
I think WBL gets a lot of its methodology from social science and business/management (which does organisational research). Education, for example, is a social science. However, the content is your professional practice. In the Arts, research topics are often about events and issues within the arts and compared to cultural theories, practice, and the industry - be it entertainment, gallery, museums, communication, media, etc.. Often people in the creative and cultural industries study a craft or disciplinary theories and do not actually do things like interview people or do surveys. However, they are a part of working life that most people have to do anyway, and learning how to do things in a project format really helps to do things independently.
Hope that helps.
"Write down all of your choices – you might have a number of options – I would expect that at this point in the planning stage. The process of choosing is actually one of the skills you are working on. Usually in degree work options are limited to the discipline area – and are given to students. Here, the choice you make is related to what you do as a professional. However, in many disciplines the choices are quite wide ranging and students still need to decide on what they want to do – demonstrating ‘selectivity’ and ‘judgement’ is one of the attributes from this level of work."
Also writing them down gets them out of your head - just an A4 'back of the envelope' device will serve you well. You will probably have numerous options to consider i.e. A, B,C etc.
I have a book at home that shows the original drawing of Edison's light bulb in an idea sketch. It is a simple and humble line sketch but represents a good idea that he later developed into something bigger. What you write at this point does not have to be a lot- just enough for you to think through your options.
REMEMBER we have anouther Campus Workshop 3rd March 1-4pm and more stuff going up on the blog to help.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Directions for getting into Electronic Journals
Learning Resources Website
Databases – this goes to general journal holdings OR
Ejournals if you know the name already i.e. Research in Dance Education – then got to Intergenta – search articles by year and volume – you can download electronically.
IF THE JOURNAL REQUIRES AN ATHENS LOG IN – GIVE YOUR STUDENT ID and PASSWORD
(this means that the university pays a fee to access the journal). I have also attached an example of some articles I downloaded from Research in Dance Education.
Could you please use these directions to try out the journals and get back to me about how you get on?
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Lauren and Ellie - can we arrange another time - do you have any time on Friday? I am seeing Zoe on Tuesday.
Monday, 22 February 2010
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Rosemary already has her slides up! Mine is on Oasis+ (from main sit using MDX student number and password) repository in Powerpoint if you look for the 16.2.10 Final. Peter Bryantwill be putting up stuff too. Please look at all the blogs. A Blog is up on OasisPlus as well for anyone who needs to connect. PLEASE LIST AS FOLLOWERS. and LOOK AT THEM OFTEN - I do! The dusty ones are not very fun.
Well done everyone - hopefully someone who attended will put up their thoughts and reflections (hint hint).
Monday, 15 February 2010
Mobile 07799033978 - but I won't answer when I'm talking...
Rosemary has her Blog up and running - if you have not tried it - she is the blue circle image in my Followers.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
We know the Handbook is a bit of a manual -that is - a lot of information and rather dense in places. It is a basic MDX iWBL Handbook that we are looking into simplifying for the future... However, basically this module is about thinking and planning in the styles of writing you did for 3002. It is about deciding what topic your want to choose for a project and learning some research methods along the way. It is about learning how to deal with people ethically in the workplace and choosing the title for your degree. It is about searching literature (taking the stuff you did in 3002 further) and locating good sources of data - that is people places and things that can tell you something about the topic you have chosen. Instead of being given a topic - you choose from your own interests and workplace - so you 'study' an aspect of your work that makes sense to you and your career (professional practice).
I came from fine art - a visually based subject area - but this stuff is actually quite useful in the real world along with your other knowledge from previous learning and your work. Also the learning log this time can be audio-visual for those who prefer it, this is a way of learning how to go about the project work. I hope that explanation is helpful... I would be happy to continue the discussion... actually I will put this comment on my Blog for others who might be on their own wondering.
Plus - keep visiting mine and others blogs - Rosemary has been putting stuff up - her Blog site can be accessed from mine... Also the first Campus-session 16th Feb and more stuff coming about the module. Have you bought the Bell book yet to read? Cheers Paula
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
There was a television programme on the other night about the Web, I watched most of it and taped it. It caught Rosemary's eye and she sent an email round - Peter commented that it had a "particular editorial tack" which I responded to with "Peter, by editorial tack do you mean the free wheeling virtual communicators (with a Well essence and Berners-Lee altruism) against the nasty capitalists aka Microsoft?" Alan requested we put our little discussion up on the Blog. I contacted Peter to see if he minded being quoted – he said ok – so here is the gist of the conversation at Alan's request.
Alan has a link up on his website as the programme is available on the BBCiplayer.
Alan has a link up on his website as the programme is available on the BBCiplayer.