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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Module 2 - advice on topics and expertise for your inquiry

Module 2 is about planning an inquiry - learning about professional practice, ethics, and research tools along the way.

In this stage you have 'professional conversations' with colleagues ant work and in your special interest groups (peer groups) to help you think about a topics/area of interest and develop it so that you end up with a plan (the headings for the plan are in the Module 2 Handbook).

here is a 'messy' diagram - the IQs are the inquiry questions - what do you need to find out to develop a greater understanding of a problem-centred (Leavy) aspect of what you do. Is there something you need to understand in more depth in your workplace that will then help you and others to enhance practice? go into a future pathway? solve a problem for your workplace?

We also have some excellent books to help with this process 
Look at these on the Reading list in the Module 2 My Learning module site or directly form the university library - they are online.

BOOKS TO HELP - scan these and see what makes sense 
  1. Doing practitioner research - Mark Fox, Gill Green, Peter J. Martin 2007 (electronic resource)


  2. Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers - Judith Bell 2014 (electronic resource)

     Online Resource

  3. How to research - Loraine Blaxter, Christina Hughes, Malcolm Tight, 2010
     4. Doing work based research: approaches to enquiry for insider-researchers - Carol Costley,       Geoffrey Elliott, Paul Gibbs c2010 (electronic resource)
       Book  this is the digital form of this book. this is the MAIN BOOK for this module

Here are 2 earlier blogs we did based on a campus session - we looked up topic of 'love' which is huge!!! - mind mapping helped to bring it into focus so then people could see what others said about the topic using key words.

Please have a look to help see how to do this bit on the links below..."Looking for love"

Remember to use the library guides and Summon form the library links as well as Google or Google Scholar - don't pay for articles - the university has quite a few sources - but there could be a few books that might not be in the library. ALWAYS look first as many are now in digital form.

Look at Adesola's tutor blog for advice and the blogs of others on this module - as well as M3 and M1.

EXAMPLES of people forming/shaping their inquiries

Megan has done a lot of work thinking about Module 2 in terms of the topic and organising the workload for the plan and looking ahead to the ethics

I have just put ethics forms up for the Part 5 Ethics section that comes next...

Lizzie is going through this process now. As in Module 1 there are group sessions and then you can have 1-1 tutorials - talk in your peer groups (SIGs) and with work colleagues (not doing the research now) and then blog about the process!!

NOW is a good time to contact your tutor to talk through your thinking... this is such an exciting stage - but it can also be a bit frustrating!!

FYI I will be doing the next 2nd Module 2 session. Module 2: Part 5: Professional Ethics (Paula) Wednesday 26th October 8 pm on blog for sign up now!

Here is a blast from the past:


  1. Thanks for the tag Paula. The power point was really useful so thank you for posting that too!

  2. Thank you Paula for the powerpoint. I have been discussing my interests with many of my peers in the company and I have been very surprised to hear everyone's stories and how everyone 'interprets'it. I am looking into the risk of 'risk taking' and how fear can play a big part in performing our job, whether that is on a stage or behind the scenes. I am asking myself whether we rely on it as a safety net for security, and is it hindering us from exploring a big part of who we are and what we can do? I am very interested to see where this takes me, as I would later on be very interested to discuss the big debate of the importance of keeping traditions as well as the importance of innovation in this art form.

    1. Hopefully through the use of diagrams and following the PowerPoint guideline I will have clearer views :)

  3. thanks Taz - it is really good to have some cultural ideas/theories that can be embedded in your practice and inquiry
    start looking for web sources of research to see how you might approach the topic e.g. look to see how others write about these issues - this article seems to say that european networking is important and being supported by EU funding - at that time anyway- will take this up in our tutorial