Today we started off the lesson by rearranging the tables in to 5 islands. Group work ahoy! Tom then rewarded us for our physical exertion with a cup of tea (Gentleman AND a scholar). This week we continued to discuss “the most critical aspect of our module right now”, which is our understanding and use of analytical skills.
To begin we talked about data gathering, and how we need to analyse our findings to discover our primary data. From this we need to discover the inherent themes that we have deciphered from our findings, then discuss our findings in relation to our literature review and research proposal question.
Next, we watched a short documentary called ‘Z-A’ that had been produced by a former education studies student who graduated with a first class honours degree. Our aim was to watch and analyse the video, then to pick out the relevant themes. You can watch it here…
Here are some examples of the themes we discovered after analysing the video.
Throughout the video the balloons are used as a representation of students. This balloon here is meant to be someone in need of help as it sits alone on a bridge. Sandra suggested the balloon may have been having suicidal thoughts?
This is the last shot of the video. The themes in this scene could been thought of as success and overcoming obstacles as we see the balloons float away. Also the fact that they are floating away together could represent team work or collaboration. These things might seem rather obvious after seeing the video, but sometimes it is only after you distantiate something that you are able to really see it.
After the video we moved onto our next analytical exercise. Each island of tables was given its own artefact for us to to observe and then analyse. We then walked around the room making notes of the other artefacts before getting back to our groups to start discussing and connecting any relevant themes we had found.
Unfortunately we ran out of time before we were able to hear what themes each group had found, so that will have to wait till next week. Slowly but surely it looks like we are filling in the edges of the creative map…