Refining my research topic seems to be a difficult task which I have been grappling with for what seems ages. I don’t see myself moving forward with each week’s tasks until I refine this topic and then can complete the tasks eg mindmap for arena of change, provisional essay plan etc. I have read the info on the arena of change, enjoyed Niki’s video so much I watched it 3 times! I found it so insightful and realising that the arena has been there all along – basically around me within my own classroom ecosystem, just to see it as suggested and how each dimension interacts/intertwines was really interesting.
I have read several times the assignments and whether my topic will be outlined as a research paper (what questions do we need to consider) or a case study (what questions do we need to answer) I’m not sure but leaning towards research paper. Wayne has provided valuable feedback (thank you) about zooming the focus, refining the topic and maybe adopting specific elements which could be challenges for the school/teachers integrating social media.
I have already found a good deal of literature regarding Facebook (which is the media I will use as the specific social media platform) and the literature is varied eg how it is being used, outcomes from using Facebook positive and negative, student achievement outcomes, students engaged and learning, how teachers have coped with change and what to consider as possible guidelines for classroom use. Again, it is a case of refining to particular elements incorporating change/future change.
I have looked at others blogs from the class and obviously many have worked through their topics/weeks really well and have been impressive. I suppose I am feeling a little pressure (and guilt) with the school holidays on at the moment and with 2 enthusiastic boys wanting quality time with mum (I am blessed but stressed!!!!) as well as just starting my ‘official study leave till November’ I still have several hours of catchup work to complete for my reliever at school. Nevertheless, this is a reflection blog today just vetting where I am at the moment and realizing I so want to enjoy this paper and give 100%. If I was running the course, I would look at what is in my blog so far and think ‘limited work completed’. Maybe I should have reflected online earlier instead of just thinking out loud! However, I am here working through it. I will get there. A little more reading this afternoon and stern decisive decision making and I will be away……..
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