The Mahara LearningWheel

A busy summer is rapidly coming to an end with the culmination of my LearningWheel. I am now officially the Captain of the Mahara LearningWheel, which is a model of digital pedagogy designed to enhance learning, whilst developing digital literacy skills.  The Mahara LearningWheel focuses upon four modes of engagement: Learning Content, Assessment, Communication and… Continue reading The Mahara LearningWheel

Why Keep a Diary, When You Can Create a Reflexive Blog?

With the launch of the Critical Perspectives II module, came a plethora of assessment methods.  And, upon viewing these methods, I almost instantaneously made my choice.  Academic blogs, and blogs per se, are used by a variety of people, for a variety of different reasons.  Kjellberg (2010) identified as part of her motivation for blogging… Continue reading Why Keep a Diary, When You Can Create a Reflexive Blog?

Becoming a Reflexive Researcher, or Considering it, at Least

As a registered nurse in order to meet the revalidation requirements set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, I am equally accountable and responsible for maintaining my own continuing professional development (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2016).  Reflective writing is a prominent prerequisite towards nurses meeting revalidation, and is commonly achieved by producing a piece of… Continue reading Becoming a Reflexive Researcher, or Considering it, at Least

Strong Objectivity and Value Neutrality

My previous blog left the ‘strong objectivity’ door open… As I enter the room I am amazed as to how crowded it is in here! Harding (1995) describes, strong objectivity in simple terms as ‘learning to see ourselves as others see us’ (Harding: 204). However, as I am already beginning to ascertain, there is no… Continue reading Strong Objectivity and Value Neutrality

Social Situatedness and Standpoint Theory

For those who have read my About Me  you will be aware that I am a first year student, studying for a Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) at Birmingham City University, and having completed a position paper for a critical perspectives module, a clear conclusion emerged relating to my ontology … that I was ‘ontologically… Continue reading Social Situatedness and Standpoint Theory

Participatory Action Research

Participatory Action Research (PAR) is a powerful path to research and encompasses a secure directive – Research with participants, rather than on participants.  The concept is difficult to define, but the principles are aligned towards breaking down the barriers between the researcher and the researched. As a newcomer to the world of research, I am… Continue reading Participatory Action Research