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Time to study

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This post is a bit belated - posted here from my previous blog and really dated June 5th, but it's actually really useful to re-read it in order to keep the lessons here in sight.

Well... an even better day! Planning and time-keeping is all! So, I had planned for a day of reading today - having pruned the unnecessary books, I also identified which chapters to read in each of the ones left behind after the rapture and made a start. However, whilst out walking the dog this morning, I realised that when I set aside 'a day' for doctoral research, that day feels somewhat unbounded, a desert of time to drag myself across, thirsty by the end and knackered - so I had the neat idea of setting limits and working to it.So, I had planned for a day of reading today - having pruned the unnecessary books, I also identified which chapters to read in each of the ones left behind after the rapture and made a start. However, whilst out walking the dog this morning, I realised that when I set…

The Seven Toilets of Panic: 5

"On returning to the party"
Everybody watching TV
The toilet you've just been to.

Exploring Online Research Methods

A fabulous resource at the University of Leicester (funded by the ESRC Research Methods Programme (Phase 2)) provides training for researchers who are interested in using online research methods such as online questionnaires and online interviews. The website is targeted at a wide audience including researchers and postgraduates in the HE sector, and researchers working for other organisations such as those involved with public policy and market research.

Oh, did I mention that it's fabulous?
Research Methods Programme

The Seven Toilets of Panic:4

"Rain imminent" 
In the queue 
legs crossed 
talking about the weather.

The Seven Toilets of Panic: 3

"At your girlfriend's parents' house for the first time."
Toilet won't flush.
Window won't open.

An overview of my current research methods planning

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The Seven Toilets of Panic: 2

"Krótka rozmowa z Babcią Klozetową"
"Przepraszam, Panią, ale
nie mam pieniędzy."

Humanistic Education

I stumbled across this quite brilliant overview of Humanistic Approaches to Teaching (by James Atherton):

Humanistic education
View more presentations from James Atherton

Learning Lunch: Panopto

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Note room (not Muirhead, as previously advertised!)

The Seven Toilets of Panic: 1

"In the Cubicle (morning break in the fish factory)."
Trousers round ankles.
Watch in hand.

What's done and What's to do

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What's done
I 'rebranded' the online research diary as I'd thought of it and it is now as wonderful as sunsets. I got myself organised and made solid plans for the next steps, which are...
What's to do
I need to plan the pilot interview and questionnaire events as part of my RMT4 assignment - before my hols. Sent email to my potential pilot interviewees today. Need to have:  - qnr completed (to modify with feedback suggestions)
 - interview schedule
 - informed consent form
 - debriefing sheetI need to go through the RMT4 folder and make sure I've covered/read everything I need to. Write up notes from Temenos and PCA research from weekend of 18th JuneDouble check google tasks for assignment tasks

Maintaining the flow of doctoral research as a part-timer

The single biggest issue is of course time. Or, rather, I CAN make time available - I have weekends and evenenings and holidays. The problem is one of maintaining a flow of work when my study sessions are often broken up by life and work. I do a couple of really good days of work at the weekend and then I may not get back to it for a couple of weeks, by which time I've pretty much lost the flow of what I was doing. Which is where this blog now comes in. I plan - and I hope I will stick to it - to keep a record of everything I've done and everything I need to do after every significant doctoral work session or supervision etc. Starting in the next post, I will regularly report on What's done and What's to do...

Carl Rogers and Gloria: person-centredness in action

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This video  of Carl Rogers in a real therapy session with Gloria, a real person, is amazing and you can see exactly how Rogers' approach can transfer to the classroom - be yourself, empathise with your students and allow them to learn their own lessons...

Click on part 2, part 3 etc to complete, it's all out there. Here's a useful article about the session:

An analysis of how Carl Rogers enacted client-centered conversation with Gloria.by Scott A. Wickman , Cynthia Campbell. 

Carl Rogers's session with Gloria in the training film titled Three Approaches to Psychotherapy (Shostrom, 1965a) is among the most written about in the history of counseling and continues to be used as an instructional model for the helping professions (Glauser & Bozarth, 2001). In this session, Gloria, a 30-year-old recently divorced woman, presented an initial problem about "having men to the house," wondering "how it affects the children." Specifically, Gloria wanted to …

Temenos Conference Presentation: Colin Lago

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Looking backward and moving forward – from therapy to diversity, groups, supervision and mistakes.
This was a wonderful, passionate, humorous and warm presentation, which skipped gently from topic to topic like a butterfly from flower to flower. In similar vein, these are just some of the impressions, thoughts, ideas, nuggets of wisdom I gleaned (not even attempting to do justice to the glory of the presenter and the presentation):

Irish proverb: this room is not full of strangers, this room is full of potential friends.Story about Japanese woman giving an impromptu and generous welcome to Colin, giving her fan. What sort of welcome do we give to people? I want to be more welcoming, and giving – I like giving, so I will try to give more. Sacred spaces – classrooms/the online space – personhoodThere wasn’t a chance, but I wanted to ask how Colin responded to critics of his imputed naivety as a person-centred practitioner whilst a young man – what did he say and what would he say now? C…

Temenos Conference 2011

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I’m sure it must have been done on a shoe-string, as costs were kept very low indeed – but it was highly professional, really well organised and very welcoming. There was (excellent) food, water and wine, and all delegate needs were met and then some. More to the point, it was at times very moving and I was made to feel a part of something very special indeed. I can’t say I have ever in my life been in a shared space where I knew that every single human being there:
trusted me and trusted that I trusted them empathised with me and trusted that I empathised with themwas themselves, wasn’t playing a role, was just real – and they trusted that I would also be real. It sounds so simple. And it is simple. But, this is the first time I have ever experienced it and it has had a profound impact on me. After having studied and written about Rogers and been inspired by him, I only now fully understand his ideas because – of course! – you can only truly learn by way of your own experience (as Car…

Welcome to my person-centred web log!

Greetings and welcome to this blog, which is a development of the idea of using an online blog as a research diary, started a couple of years ago as A Long Way to Tipperary and if I'm honest, without so much real purpose or clarity. Discovering person-centredness has changed the way I approach just about everything in my life, so this blog reflects those changes.

I've been on fire about person-centredness after reading Carl Rogers' Freedom to Learn and then just about anything else that has been touched by this most human of 'theories' (because it is much more than a simple theory to be 'applied', it is A Way of Being).

Last weekend, I found a place where person-centred people gather, and that place is Temenos, which means ‘a space outside’, and their annual conference. More about Temenos and the time spent in their welcoming space in another post, but for now I’ll just say that this blog is my own Temenos, my own space outside where I can consider all thin…

Value and Impact Toolkit

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Even if you're not in love with the jargon, the Value and Impact Toolkit looks like a fantastically useful resource (and, actually, there are some very sensible and workable definitions of value, impact and other terms).

Overall purpose is to contribute to the evidence base for value and impact of student services in UKHE - however, it is of course transferable, so if you wish to evaluate the value and impact of any service, there's some great stuff here - including some excellent examples of questionnaires, interview schedules, consent forms and planning documents.

To be honest, there's so much here and on such a small and user-friendly site, that I'll just say have a look round and see what works for you: http://www.amosshe.org/viptoolkit

(note I've passed the message on that some of the links to pdfs don't work (at least in Chrome) - under 'worked examples', although I was able to download the whole toolkit as zip file from the menu on the left).



Great turnout for first Catalan, Basque and Galician Cinema Season

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Raquel, Elisenda, Xabi and Antia from Hispanic Studies organised a very successful season of award-winning films - introduced by their directors.

The Catalan film “Elisa K”, the Basque “80 egunean” and the Galician “Crebinsky” were introduced by their respective directors and shown at the MAC last month - read more about them at the Galician, Basque and Catalan Studies' blog: http://galbascat.blogspot.com/

Turnitin temporarily unavailable

If you've been having problems - don't blame yourself! Apparently Turnitin is the cause and we're not quite sure what's happening, but I would suggest trying again later. If I hear more, I'll let you know. In the meantime, here's a message from the Uni's Turnitin contact:

Turnitin is currently not accessible via Blackboard which I presume will affect all our WebCT users.  I have had one query through from a School, but wanted to let you know in case you receive calls directly to your team. When I get the all clear that things are working again I will let you know.

Using Turnitin to teach academic writing

Interesting discussion with Jo Oliver, lecturer in nursing at The University of the West of Scotland, who is using Turnitin to teach about appropriate academic writing in the lead up to summative assessment. Jo is also using Gradmark, the marking tool, which she feels helps a group of markers to achieve greater consistency in marking papers and provide faster feedback to students.

Looks like a very positive use of Turnitin, might be worth exploring.

Text here (from RSC): http://rsce-assessment.blogspot.com/2011/05/using-turnitin-to-teach-academic.html

Watch the video: http://www.rsc-sw-scotland.ac.uk/podcast/video/UWSb.m4v