PhD diary 2016

Not writing

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==November==
 
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;17th: I spent an hour in the Levels Cafe<ref>Under the "Shut up and write" initiative, a fortnightly event in which PhD students sit and write in glorious joint isolation.</ref>, not writing, but instead reviewing what I’ve written so far in this two-year staccato time of "not doing a PhD". My supervisor, CS, is right, I have written a lot and now seems like a good time time to bring it all together into a more coherent research plan. There are some good starting points in the [[:Category:Writing|Writing]] pages here.
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;16th: Spent some time in the main library today, partly for the Digital Lifehacks seminar, and partly to try out the fifth floor, which is reserved for postgraduates, I was told. The place was mobbed. Don’t know why I thought there would be computers available to use there but couldn’t find them. I also set up a few new applets on IFTTT in response to Jeremy Knox’s presentation that included ”Lifestreaming”. I thought it might be cool to have my blog reflect posts from this wiki.
 
;16th: Spent some time in the main library today, partly for the Digital Lifehacks seminar, and partly to try out the fifth floor, which is reserved for postgraduates, I was told. The place was mobbed. Don’t know why I thought there would be computers available to use there but couldn’t find them. I also set up a few new applets on IFTTT in response to Jeremy Knox’s presentation that included ”Lifestreaming”. I thought it might be cool to have my blog reflect posts from this wiki.
   

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Current and Next

Next steps: Included link to progression board guidelines

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==Next steps==
 
==Next steps==
 
[[PhD Project Plan|PhD Project Plan]] – not specifically requested but may be helpful in preparing for the first year progression board that will follow.
 
[[PhD Project Plan|PhD Project Plan]] – not specifically requested but may be helpful in preparing for the first year progression board that will follow.
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[[Preparing for your First Year Progression Board|Preparing for your First Year Progression Board]]
   
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==

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PhD diary 2016

PhD Poster Conference

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14th: BEd4/PhD Poster Conference at IAD, Holyrood Road. Very useful event – allowed me to talk about the research project and strategy, as well as the rationale for it. I feel more able to write about it now as the students had some very good questions about the approach I am taking and how I am going to get my data for analysis. I presented two posters, the hand-drawn overview and the concept map.
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Poster2016.jpg|The poster
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conceptFramework1.jpg|Concept map
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9th – 13th: Thinking more about the concept of transaction space and the conversation I had with CS and her Masters student. Starting to feel more confident about it now and needing to progress with the work I need to do before writing the progression board paper. Submitted Staff Scholarship application (for semester 2 fees).
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Diary1p34.JPG|The research process and "what are you trying to find out?"
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Diary1p35.JPG|The Transaction Space of the Teacher
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8th – 9th: Thinking about the research questions and methods – still not confident in this yet. Wednesday, met CS and one of her Masters students for a lovely lunchtime chat before knocking up a hand-drawn poster for Monday’s IAD/BEd event.
 
8th – 9th: Thinking about the research questions and methods – still not confident in this yet. Wednesday, met CS and one of her Masters students for a lovely lunchtime chat before knocking up a hand-drawn poster for Monday’s IAD/BEd event.
   

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PhD diary 2016

16th November PhD Diary

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;16th: Spent some time in the main library today, partly for the Digital Lifehacks seminar, and partly to try out the fifth floor, which is reserved for postgraduates, I was told. The place was mobbed. Don’t know why I thought there would be computers available to use there but couldn’t find them. I also set up a few new applets on IFTTT in response to Jeremy Knox’s presentation that included ”Lifestreaming”. I thought it might be cool to have my blog reflect posts from this wiki.
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Diary1p36.jpg|A question, followed by a wander through some nettles.
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;15th: Reflecting on yesterday’s poster conference and a meeting I had in the afternoon with Prof. Judy Robertson<ref>The meeting was a follow up from the School initiative to support and develop staff, and gave me confirmation that I have mentoring support in the form of Prof. John Ravenscroft, which I am delighted about, not least because John has a rather direct style and I prefer this, perhaps because of my military and industrial background. He, I am sure, will be very good for me. I only hope he feels the investment is worth it.</ref> in which we talked for some while about my research methodology. At the conference I had talked to students about the possibility of a grounded theory approach, in which I might generate theory from an analysis of semi-structured interview data. This data is, I am imagining, obtained from interviews with teachers and students involved in several modes of education<ref>e.g. the Oxford Tutorial, Flipped, Mitra’s SOLEs and maybe app-based or MOOC.</ref>. Judy hinted at some of the difficulties in the grounded approach – I’ve heard these before from people like Gale MacLeod, who curled her lip eloquently when I mentioned grounded theory as we waited for last summer’s graduation ceremony to get under way. It has got me thinking that I may need to consider the theory on teacher presence, if such a thing exists, and reconsider the research approach from a more deductive stance. Back to the textbooks.
 
;15th: Reflecting on yesterday’s poster conference and a meeting I had in the afternoon with Prof. Judy Robertson<ref>The meeting was a follow up from the School initiative to support and develop staff, and gave me confirmation that I have mentoring support in the form of Prof. John Ravenscroft, which I am delighted about, not least because John has a rather direct style and I prefer this, perhaps because of my military and industrial background. He, I am sure, will be very good for me. I only hope he feels the investment is worth it.</ref> in which we talked for some while about my research methodology. At the conference I had talked to students about the possibility of a grounded theory approach, in which I might generate theory from an analysis of semi-structured interview data. This data is, I am imagining, obtained from interviews with teachers and students involved in several modes of education<ref>e.g. the Oxford Tutorial, Flipped, Mitra’s SOLEs and maybe app-based or MOOC.</ref>. Judy hinted at some of the difficulties in the grounded approach – I’ve heard these before from people like Gale MacLeod, who curled her lip eloquently when I mentioned grounded theory as we waited for last summer’s graduation ceremony to get under way. It has got me thinking that I may need to consider the theory on teacher presence, if such a thing exists, and reconsider the research approach from a more deductive stance. Back to the textbooks.
   

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