Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Unit 2 begins: Filming

And so begins Unit 2 of the PGCERT, after seemingly navigating the first unit successfully!

My research project has been in development for some time now and today I am beginning the first stage of the project in earnest.

I have around 14 students attending the film studio at the university to talk about the nature of teaching and learning, and have devised a series of questions (or prompts) to keep the discussion on topic.

The idea is that it I enter this project with no preconceived ideas, or agendas.
Hopefully I will acquire a diverse series of responses that i can then sit and review at a later date and look for patterns and areas of crossover that will form the basis of a one hour film that I will edit together.

Building on these responses I will then look to place them in context of a wider educational research to take forward for unit 2.

Its quite a daunting prospect to enter this project with such an open mind, but equally its absolutely essential to do so.
I feel i have to allow the answers flow without prejudice and then begin the second part of my own learning journey as a teacher.

The purpose of this project was to look at teaching and learning from the students perspective, having already covered my own thoughts and feelings in Unit 1.

I hope to learn as much as I did in the previous unit and hopefully provide a useful resource for people to watch also.

Ive selected a diversity of students from years 1 and 2, because these students are still in the formative period of their university experience.
I think if I had gone into third years then it would be more androgogical in nature, so not as relevant.

Questions are detailed below:

  1. Tell me about the differences between your previous education and NUA FMIP
  2. How have you found being more of an independent learner (from the more hand-held nature of school)?
  3. Tell me about your feelings when you first entered the classroom here
  4. tell me about a moment during a lecture where something clicked for you.  has there been one?  not necessarily at NUA.
  5. Tell me about what makes a successful lecture for you.  what are things that work (for you?)
  6. Of the best lecturers/teachers you have had to date, what qualities have you enjoyed or responded to?
  7. Of the lecturers or teachers who didn’t connect with you, what are those elements that have made learning difficult.
  8. Tell me about a situation where the lecture/lesson wasn’t working for you and maybe the reasons why?
  9. What brings a lecture or a session to life for you.  what are those moments when it comes alive?
  10. Have you found it possible to translate what you have learned into practice.  How has this been possible.  Examples of were it works?
  11. Tell me about your ideal lecture…
  12. What makes a good teacher?  What personality traits?  is personality important?  
  13. Are you able to “read” a teacher/lecturer and tell if they care?  
  14. Are you aware of a “persona” that a teacher may employ?  Does this matter?
  15. How important is the learning environment? - class sizes, facilities etc?
  16. Why do you study? go to Uni?  
  17. Whats the end result?
  18. Where does the pressure come from to do well?  (fees, peer pressure, parents, self)
  19. Is higher education still relevant?  - What does it do for you?

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