“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” (Carl Rogers)

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Assignment RMT4 - Using Sources/Producing Analysis

This post from my old blog shows how far I've travelled in just one month - the assignment is very clear indeed now and I'm about to collect the data for it. All I need then is the time to write it up - I guess the biggest task there will be to keep the word count down. Also, I went to the Temenos conference and it injected masses of energy into this life project of person-centredness. Anyway, here's the post from a month ago...

Had a good day stripping my assignment for using sources/producing analysis down to its bare bones. I recently had a very good meeting with Graeme, the RMT4 tutor, and he helped me see where I was going wrong in this assignment - I'd spent so long over easter looking at Rogers' variables and Maslow's hierarchy and ways to operationalise these, that I'd filled my draft essay up too much with content. Get it out! This assignment is about methods methods methods...

So, I kept that version as 'notes' and then gutted the new version like a kipper, rip, slash, jab. And I've ended up with a much cleaner structure which is much more in keeping with the actual bloody question! This outbreak of clarity has also spread to my bookshelf, where I've now got one shelf dedicated to methods (keep it clean) and one to theory (Rogers, Maslow, Damasio, Humanistic Education). I've also separated out what belongs to me and what to the library - which also led me to prune some that I actually don't need any more and the library can have them back.

Finally, I've identified reading I need to do from my books on methods and I shall do the same kind of organising with my paper-based notes.

More generally, I'm supremely happy with the support I've been getting from my supervisors, Rolf and, especially, Rachel - they really do care and are very person-centred, I feel very lucky. I've also been very lucky in finding a rather wonderful (person-cented) person as academic lead to the project I am hoping to use as the basis of my research - more on this if and when the institutional politics falls into place...

But - hard work seemingly paying off right now. Oh, and I'm going to a Person-Centred Conference in a few weeks, who'da thought it!

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