Saturday, September 6, 2008

Self as Data

The class was very silent today. Our facilitator then upped the ante by using the example of our power-down mode to teach Action Research.

  1. Define the area of investigation: Why are we so quiet?
  2. Define the mode of investigation: Ask the students!
  3. Obtain the data: She asked the students
  4. Interpret the data: The answers were grouped according to whether the factor lay in the students, the facilitator herself, the subject, the environment, etc.
  5. Recommend action.

It's not the method itself. It's about using the particular scenario as a way of teaching the method, employing the present context as data for introducing the tool.

Learning is never so motivated as when it's about one's self.

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