[Authentic] Assignment – Research Design Theoretical Direction

Details: Framing and Designing your Digital Reflection (Mapping out your ideas for the Assessment)
Research Design Theoretical Direction
The starting point for this research is:
Choose your Research Context (which Professional Body? ACCA or CIM or CMI or CIPD)
Choose your research aim
Making sense of feelings and emotions
Increasing self-awareness
Understanding and making sense of a trigger (‘A Critical incident’)
This is your approach to journaling and can be one or more of the following:
Writing through the mirror;
metaphorical approaches;
artistic approaches;
critical incident;
mirror metaphors;
cycles of reflection;
experiential approaches;
biographical approaches
This will be connected to your Research approach (e.g. if you are taking a diagnostic or creative approach or bricolage)
Methodology and Method
The Methodology and Method is determined by your research aim and the approach you are taking:
So consider are you taking a diagnostic approach (e.g. you would like to know why) – this is referred to as active imagination (the temporary suspension of ego (McIntosh, 2010)
Or are you taking an expressive approach (e.g. you would like to demonstrate how – this is referred to as artistic imagination (Winter et al., 1999)
Or Bricolage where you take a diagnostic approach which is structured around a metaphorical approach.
Methodology and Method
Making sense of feelings and emotions = auto ethnographic practices (diagnostic is auto ethnographic practices whereas creative is artful auto ethnographic practices) this is through a Gardner Cycle with personal cultural texts as (diagnostics = EI or SI or Personality Tests or Values Inventory; whereas creative is poetics e.g. poems, or lyrics or religious texts or proverbs, or drawings or photographs).
Increasing self-awareness = reflexivity (diagnostic is reflexive dialogic action research whereas creative is artful reflexivity) this is through a JOHARI window with personal cultural texts diagnostics = EI or SI or Personality Tests or Values Inventory; whereas creative is poetics e.g. poems, or lyrics or religious texts or proverbs, or drawings or photographs)
Understanding and making sense of a trigger (‘A Critical incident’) = reflexive dialogic action research (diagnostic) or creative artful reflexive dialogic action research this is through a Gibbs cycle using learning diagnostics including VAK, Honey and Mumford, Belbin Team roles whereas creative is poetics e.g. poems, or lyrics or religious texts or proverbs, or drawings or photographs
Digital Storyboard (Digital Reflection)
This is how you will present the reflections (these are stories, examples of how you demonstrate the chosen behaviours or values from the Professional body framework) including the analysis of your personal cultural texts and this can be in the form of:
At least a 1000 word Critical Incident Analysis
At least a 1000 word Creative Writing
Video reflection in the form of a vlog (at least 5 minutes and no longer than 10 minutes)
Audio reflection in the form of a podcast (at least 5 minutes and no longer than 10 minutes)
Code your Personal Cultural Texts as data
To be reflective is to be insightful, to challenge assumptions and to give careful consideration. You are the participant in this approach and you position yourself in the research.
The term positionality describes:
An individual’s world view and the position they have chosen to adopt in relation to a specific research task (in this case a digital reflection) (see Foote and Bartell, 2011; Savin-Baden and Howell Major, 2013).
This world view comes from ontological assumptions (the nature of social reality), epistemological assumptions (the nature of knowledge) and assumptions about human nature and agency.
These are ‘coloured’ or ‘clouded’ by values and beliefs including political allegiance, religious faith, spirituality, gender, sexuality, historical and geographical location, race, social class and status
Positionality as a future professional is at the heart of professional development
 
 

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