So there we were at our first lecture after Christmas, all bushy tailed and bright eyed. As per always, we started with our class quiz, recapping on the advantages of Qualitative research. The major benefit is that qualitative research is about finding out the thoughts and feelings of people who have lived the experiences tat we are trying to investigate in our research proposals, while quantitative research (positivism) suggests that everything, including people, can be measured and graded. FALSE. People constantly developing and changing. The idea that people are fixed is a positive paradigm. Today’s certainty can become dubious tomorrow.
After that we discussed our research report (all 1000 words of which are due in week 20) and put our ducks in order in terms of the meaning and content of findings, discussion, conclusion and recommendations. We also talked about how occasionally, once someone has conducted research and written their report, it turns out that their initial literature review might have fallen a little short and not be massively relevant to what’s in the report. If a situation like this crops up, you can either:
1) Adjust your research and explain what went wrong, in what way, and why.
2) Confidently and articulately cover up your mistake with something along the lines of “even failure provides useful data”.
After we got that out of the way, we had a quick chat about our performances. We were split into 4 groups, and each given a different week (either 23, 24, 25, or 26) which we have to take charge of. We have to put on a type of performance or organise some type of activity with the aim of making us think of education in new ways.
Next? Assessments. Why oh why do we do them? Well, here’s a little drawing that lists some of the reasons.
As the lesson drew to a close, we received our grades for our research proposal and were given feed back about what was done well, and what could have been improved upon. I got 70% which I was pretty pleased about. A few comments were made about how some of the stuff from my literature review might not have been super relevant, but that I did a good job of hiding the fact and making it fit.
When it doubt, if you can’t make it? Fake it!