Archive for the 'Positioning' Category



The Bad Supervision Guide

Published on December 8, 2009

(Originally from Tony Winefield, University of South Australia. Came to me via an OU research degree supervisor workshop.) Bad supervision, like any other skill can be acquired and developed with practice. Here are six simple rules to follow: Be inaccessible. Don’t return written work because you are ‘too busy’ to read it. Humiliate and belittle […]


Journal impact

Published on December 7, 2009

I’ve spent the day looking at the impact factor of various journals. The ISI Web of Knowledge lists 1985 social science journals (according to a workshop I attended recently, only about 15% of education journals are in ISI). The ‘Annual Review of Psychology’ comes in top for 2008, with an annual impact factor of 16.217. […]


Flickr badge

Published on May 10, 2007

I was just sending the first part of my email interviews out to students, when I thought I should check the link to my web page. I’d forgotten that I’d tried out my Flickr badge there. It works very effectively but lots of my Flickr pix were taken at the Guinness factory when I went […]


Feeling very angry

Published on January 10, 2007

I just logged in to FirstClass to see what was going on and in the vague hope that I would have received a message from my unhelpful gatekeeper. No such luck. However, logging on reminded me that while the gatekeeper claimed to have had no time in the past three months to OK a couple […]


Blog my research?

Published on September 21, 2006

How would it be if I gave every student on DZX222 access to this blog? Or to another blog, created for the purpose? Then I could put in my musings as I go along and get student responses. It would be another source of data and a whole new use for my blog. Of course, […]


Same footage, many stories

Published on September 11, 2006

Maarten Dolk http://www.fi.uu.nl/nl/medewerkers/medewerkers/medewerker63.html gave an interesting talk about getting student teachers to develop narratives about events as a tool to construct meaning about mathematics education and to bridge the divide between theory and practice. They showed a video clip from the classroom and asked six people to comment on it. Despite them running it several times, […]


Electronic runes

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Lisa Gjedde talked on ‘capturing the meaning in interactive storytelling’. There were elements of the project which appealed to me, particularly the thinking of a personal question, then casting the electronic runes and interpreting the resulting video in the light of your own question. However, I won’t be going to any papers by Lisa again.


Scottish Storytelling Centre

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Spent the morning on a really fun activity. We met up at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in John Know House on the Royal Mile. I was expecting the centre to be a backroom somewhere but it’s an entire, well resourced building about midway up the Royal Mile. Seeing as storytelling in England tends to be […]


Professor Karen

Published on July 6, 2006

Karen has been made a professor! My supervisory team is getting more distinguished by the minute


Moment of insecurity

Published on June 14, 2006

I really enjoy my blog, and I’ve been irritated that the damn probationary report has got in the way of my posting to it recently. It just occurred to me that I spend a lot of time reflecting on the blog s and how we’ll be able to analyse them, and occasionally emailing other researchers […]