Pre-amble – I have had this blog written for a while but kept it to a limited audience whilst I thought about it more and waited for my result. I now have my result – a very welcome Distinction – but even with that great news, looking back at it all my thoughts about the experience remain. So here they are….
At the end of TU812, I said that I was going on to ‘do’ T847 as part of my ongoing trajectory as a systems practitioner. It’s ‘done’ now, the project is in so I have found myself thinking about whether or not the experience helped me develop my systems thinking in practice.
The question is – how did my T847 experience contribute as a ‘subsystem’ of a learning system intended to develop my mastery in systems thinking in practice?
I am thinking about it in terms of Ison’s design turn – the module was designed as a system to… (that is what the module aims covered) but I am now looking at it in terms of how it was enacted and experienced…Of course, I can only reflect on that from the perspective of my own experience. Continue reading
That’s because the final project was in full swing. I’ve submitted it now – so watch this space for upcoming thoughts of how I pulled it altogether in the end. At the moment feel pretty numb!
As I have done my research, a ‘heuristic’ has developed in my mind. Continue reading
Okay, after all my talk of ‘deductive’ analysis – the first thing I have ‘learned’ from my data – that emerged out of it, was something that I didn’t think to look for at all!! Now it has, I feel the need to get it down on paper – and of course immediately, I have connected it up with some literature I have read.
As the main ‘helping agenda’ of the work I am doing involves appreciating partnership practices, the ‘Discovery’ interviews ask people to talk about a time when they had a great experience of partnership working. We emphasised that this had to be an experience that they thought was great at the time – regardless of whether it was an ‘official’ success story. People could answer from anytime in their history – not necessarily recently.
So I found myself noticing a bit of a pattern in the type of situations people were ‘engaging’ with when they had their ‘great experience’. Continue reading
Felt it was time to record a little stock take on how things are going as data generation morphs into analysis.
So here is where I am… Continue reading
It feels as if Arwen and I are having a concept tennis match at the moment. I write a blog gathering together disparate reading, which prompts Arwen to read, she summarises her reading in a blog, which them prompts further reading by myself, which I summarise in comment or a blog. And so it goes back and forth, but the concepts are getting better, more useful to what we want. And Arwen has now found what I currently think of as the ‘holy grail’ – the concept of a sensitising concept! Continue reading
My last post set me off on a stream of thought in relation to what I am doing in my research – is it inductive? is it deductive? is it emic? is it etic? I’ve started to realise that it is best to think of these pairs in terms of dualities, rather than dualisms. Through the research, there is an interplay. But also I realised that my Research Project (with a big R and big P) does not stand alone – it is located in a wider stream of inquiry and it’s location in time impacts on what it is and how I relate to it. Continue reading
Now that my ‘talk samples’ are coming in and I have transcribed a couple and listened to a couple more, I feel it is time to decide how I am going to analyse them. Continue reading
Need to get to grips with some of those words that are being flung around – validity, reliability, generalisability, authenticity, rigour, replicability, triangulation. At the moment they seem a bit of a blur of contested concepts – it’s about time I pursue an inquiry to get to grips with these concepts, the debates around them and more importantly – their relevance to MY particular research project. Continue reading
I am really clear now about my research project and what it is about.
In short – just in case you have not been following the last couple of months of blogs – I would like to analyse samples of the ‘talk’ of people in leadership roles to see whether or not they are systems thinkers. But there’s the rub……. Continue reading