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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Module 3 1st Online sessions - the professional inquiry

Thanks to everyone who participated. Please add to the conversation! 

FYI updates can be used to help start writing your Introduction!

Tasks with an indicative timescale for the study period

Week 1
After looking at your adviser feedback from Module 2 send a 1 page summary to your adviser with your inquiry title, your research/inquiry questions and ideas, ethical issues, literature review up to this point, changes to your plan, ideas for your artefact, and any questions or issues that might have arisen for the module after reading the Module 3 Handbook. Feedback from adviser. Blog using suggested topics from this handbook.
Week 2
Continue discussions with advisers and peers. Blog.

Week 3
Continue discussions with advisers and peers. Blog.

People had some good questions/comments for - some conversation about the areas of discussion are below:

what is the professional artefact - the professional artefact is like the critical review - both present the inquiry you have undertaken - one is more in the reportage 'formal' style with text /images/audio-visual as needed to show what you have done - there are suggested headings for this

For the professional artefact you choose another audience - and present the work you have done with that focus - we will speak again about the artefact - there have been bogs in the past about the artefact

what is the literature review - several previous blogs - it is an summary overview of the sources that have informed your thinking - if you do an extensive writeup it may need to go in the appendices because you won't have room in your Evaluation section.

can we go to a local university to use the library? Yes - go to SCONOL and you should be able to access the other university libraries in your town - apply online

how can special interest groups and peers to help the process? - talk with others about what you are doing - but also touch base with your advisers about academic decisions - we are sometimes in on these conversation and sometimes not - they are put in as supporting evidence of your thinking - so blog as well

How can data be shown and visualised? yes graphs, grids, images, audio-visual - all forms of communication are useful depending upon 1. what you are saying and 2. how you want to say it - look at how others have communicated in the archived blogs

Please note  there is a suggested task list for Module 3 and the arrow can help you visual where you are in the process!!!


Amy said she was having problems with sources that debated about NOT using arts in schools - sometimes it takes a bit of looking but my hands wandered over the keys to make a start - see if ay of these give you any ideas?

Look using keywords...use the Summon feature form the Library on MyUniHub for 'in-house searching - try to find sources that challenge your pint of view!

Here is at the beginning of a sample search with someone like Amy in mind - I am trying to find reports form government - I am trying to get 'think tank' reports- and these might lead me to other research that examines the question of arts in the curriculum (not as a good thin but as secondary to the core subjects). I don't think the search is finished by the way - but can people continue the dialogue on the blogs - you might have some good suggestions on where to look for this topic area...

government policy arts in school uk (key words for searching)

There are usually sources out there - go shopping for sources that make you think critically about your area - expertise - that resonates with your experience and the experience you are gathering as data.

Remember the search for love...


  1. Having this all written down is really helpful, Thanks Paula. I have a much better understanding of what I am doing. x

  2. Hi Paula, I am having difficulty finding my way to the "Summon" feature from myunihub? Thank you for the helpful skype session, my progression has been much easier since!


  3. Hi Paula, thank you for putting this up. I am now much more 'clued up' on what the artefact actually entails, and have finally decided what I am going to do for mine! However, I am still unclear as to whether we actually have to present our artefact to a separate audience, or whether we just have to produce the work?


  4. Hi Paula,

    Thanks for the Skype session last week, I feel more confident and understand what each bit needs to be like now :)

    Steph x

  5. Hi Paula,
    Thanks for this, great session last week.
    I sometimes find it difficult to remember the detailed contents of group Skype sessions. I miss things as the conversations flow quite quickly and have difficulty note taking at speed. I feel recording the sessions may help? Do you think this would be possible if I ask participants permission next time? This will enable me to have time to listen back and process the conversation to make sure I have fully understood everything covered?

  6. Hi Paula, Thanks its really useful to see what you have spoken about in the Skype session through a blog when you are unable to attend due to other commitments. I have been thinking about my artefact also and had a question - do we present the artefact and talk about it during our oral presentation. Or is it a separate thing? I was thinking of having my artefact (still not 100% decided) and then a powerpoint or prezzi with points on to prompt my oral presentation and summarise visually what I have spoken about. Is this correct?

    James, that's an interesting point! I feel like I will need to record my interviews as I am not the best at understanding or interpreting page after page of undetailed notes!