#becomingeducational W4: Is it really only week 4???

Yes – it is only W4 – and boy – such a lot has happened already!!


For this week’s test we wanted to see if you had read the blog!! We know that people are opening the blog – we get stats for that… But are you reading it? Hah!!

Remember – Becoming operates as a ‘flipped classroom’ – you have to engage with the blog to fully engage with the class. In the blog we post up links to articles that you might read – not least to produce your LITERATURE REVIEW or METHOD statement for your RESEARCH PROPOSAL. We reflect on and deepen the learning that we hope takes place each week… and we extend it with links to useful websites and occasionally to Webinars (online seminars) on topics related to becoming an educationalist.

So – what had we hoped that you had spotted and thought about on the blog?

Mainly that – NEXT WEEK…

Next week – W5 – has been scheduled as a Study Week (to help students with children – it’s half term). There is no scheduled class – BUT – there is lots to do!! We have asked you to visit the university as a site of learning – ready to:

PRESENT your findings, W7 – in an EXHIBITION. NOT in Poster Presentations – we want you to present your findings in more creative ways – as a poem or a comic book or a jigsaw puzzle or a piece of knitting… So you need to choose a mode or method of presentation NOW!!

Singly, in pairs or in small groups – explore the University as ‘participant observers’ (look this phrase up and think about it)

For Multi-modal Exhibition: W7


What are people doing?

Where is learning happening?

What stops learning from happening?

What MODE are you going to use to present your findings? (See: Lastrefuge: http://lastrefugelmu.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/artmooc-week-four-through-lens-lessons.html)

Meet us in Enricos!!

We will be Enricos (the university café next door to our usual classroom) from about 10.30 ready to meet up with you informally. You can pop in just to say hello – or to touch base. Or you might want to pop in and have a chat about the module or the course as a whole. Whatever it is that you want – we will be there to meet you!!

Seeding reflection

After thinking about next week, we took a moment this week to reflect on your experiences of university and the course so far. We asked you to:

Reflect on your experiences of the first three and a bit weeks of the course – and to remember, surface, your feelings.

Then – rummage through some newspapers and magazines and choose pictures or words that represented your feelings to you.

Then to produce a collage with those pictures and words …

And to free write briefly on your collage and your feelings.

REFLECT: What did you learn about yourself from doing this activity? What did you learn about the emotional dimension of being a student? Will you consider using this as a research method?

Two things emerged:

ONE – this is an excellent qualitative research method that you might like to use in your own RESEARCH PROJECT!!!

TWO – some of you were confused and a bit worried about the module assignments. This is why we then re-shaped the rest of the session – making sure that we covered the assignments in more detail – and tried to make sense of them with you.

The Assignments

  • Creative Projects – submit evidence of 3 = W30 (30% marks)
  • Research Project:
    • Proposal W10 (10%)
    • Report W20 (20%)
  • Essay W30 (40%).

The Research Project – part 1: The Proposal – due in W10

  • Introduction – What are you researching and why?
  • Literature Review – What have other people written on this topic already? (Do some reading!)
  • Method – How are you going to gather data (and why)? (ALSO – read about Research Methods!)
  • Ethics

***** W9 whole class practical on this!! ****


  • How students make notes … Does it work?
  • Attitudes to academic reading
  • Attitudes to academic writing
  • Student experiences of group work
  • Student experiences of using social media in studying
  • Student attitudes to the weekly blog
  • The emotional dimension of being a student
  • The experience of being a mature student – or a working student or a carer…

DEFINITELY NOT – learning styles!! No – no – and thrice no!!


Qualitative: Get participants to:

  • Make a collage and discuss it
  • Choose a rich picture – and write about
  • Engage in topic mediated dialogue – and record it
  • Free write on the topic you are researching
  • Produce a pattern note or concept map…

DEFINITELY NOT – a questionnaire!!! Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!!



  • Over-18 – not vulnerable
  • Give informed consent
  • Right to withdraw
  • Anonymised (no signatures): not possible to identify participants
  • BERA + ethics
  • At least do no harm!!

NEXT – Notemaking

We moved on to consider the role of notemaking in YOUR learning:

  • What: active learning – key words – mnemonic triggers – pictures
  • Why: because it is ACTIVE LEARNING – keeps it interesting – difficult – important
  • How: PREPARE – BE ACTIVE – REVIEW (or forget 98% in 3-weeks!!).


NOTEMAKING: http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/studyhub/note.html

READING: http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/studyhub/reading.html

Textmapping: noteamking from reading

And finally… we asked you to form groups to collectively read, annotate and finally present a text. Obviously because next week is Study Week we cannot present the reading next week – but we have asked you all to be ready to present your reading in W6 – the week after next.


Mark up the text – thinking about WHY it is interesting or useful – and HOW you might use it: Will you use it in your Literature Review?

Turn the text into a COLLAGE POSTER – this will help you understand the text – and it will help us to understand your presentation!!


The belief that we can… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-efficacy

Bandura argues we need models of success in our families, in our communities

THINK ABOUT: South Oxhey – the Unsung Town

South Oxhey was a new town for East Enders after the second world war. It was built in middle England, Herts – and middle England was appalled! They required that the town be invisible – and this was arguably internalised by the residents – who became silenced… Gareth Malone built a choir there:


How often do we hear these voices on television? In what context?

SO – how would you build self-efficacy in yourself? In your students?

Further Reading:

Blogging: http://ds106.us/handbook/blogging/

Giroux on Freire: http://www.truth-out.org/archive/item/93016:lessons-to-be-learned-from-paulo-freire-as-education-is-being-taken-over-by-the-mega-rich

Info-Ed: dialogue, praxis and education: http://infed.org/mobi/paulo-freire-dialogue-praxis-and-education/

Summerhill – experiments in emancipatory education: http://www.summerhillschool.co.uk/


Sandra & Tom

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