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Research views

Inspired by the wonderfully talented and creative Gillian Crossley I have used ArtSet and some comic apps to create a little comic on my current views on qualitative research to help me make sense of my philosophy when selecting a research methodology (which I seem to be going round in circles with).

Enjoy (p.s. I do not claim to be artistic)




The last pic is direct quotes from the Clark paper.
Full Refs to be added.

Thanks Gillian. I found this technique helpful and therapeutic 😃🎨

COT Conference 2011 (#cot2011) – Brighton

COT Conference 2011 (#cot2011) – Brighton

Yes people it’s that time of year again. I went to my first COT annual conference last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I presented a seminar on CPD and e-portfolios.

This year I am presenting a facilitated poster discussion (session 46) and in a session on creative occupations (session 53) both on elements of my early PhD literature research (I am currently suffering from severe information overload).

For your tweeting pleasure I present below a list of the sessions I am attending.

Day/Time Session No and Title
Wed (10.00-11.00) Opening Plenary – Occupation, evidence and outcomes
Wed (12.45-14.25) Session 7 – Life Stories: use of the Kawa model in a role-emerging setting
Wed (15.00-15.45) Session 35 – Tribalism or collectivism: debating generic vs specialist OT and what this means
Wed (15.40-16.40) Session 46 – My poster discussion – Occupational therapy in practice session
Wed (-18.00) BAOT/COT Annual General Meeting
Wed (18.00-18.45) Twitter Meet up
Thu (8.30-10.00) Session 53 – Creative Occupations (Me)
Thu (10.40-12.20) Session 77- Movies that matter: films as learning activities to engage student’s ethical reflexivity
Thu (12.30-13.30) Kawa Pebble beach meet up
Thu (13.55-15.10) Plenary – Elizabeth Casson Memorial Lecture by Prof Anne Turner
Thu (16.00-16.45) Session 106 – Occupational Therapy Education: an appalling paradox
Thu (16.50-17.35) Session 114 – Responding to reviewer’s comments: the final hurdle of peer review
Fri (9.00-10.40) Session 122 – New Ways of thinking
Fri (11.20-13.00) Session 144 – Occupation and Older People
Fri (13.00-13.40) Final plenary – Occupational Therapy saved my life

Here’s a link to the Conference programme for more information and to the COT’s annual conference page where there is even more detail of the sessions.

Now, I am going to try and live tweet during the sessions that aren’t too interactive and where I’m not presenting but we have a slight problem. The Brighton Centre doesn’t supply free wifi (I was spoilt at the UDMH conference as Bournemouth Uni has free wifi across both campuses) so I won’t be able to use my iPad to tweet (quick and easy) and will instead have to use my phone (currently slowish and with poor battery that gets eaten up by connecting to 3G). Now COT did kindly find out arrangements for purchasing wifi access but the cost is prohibitive as I am pretty sure I’ll need over 4 hours access across the 3 days (£9.99) and 24 hours access is £39.99 – eek. My hotel also has a similar pricing structure so you may have to wait until the evenings for some key points tweets as I did last year with some more substantial blog posts when I get back to wifi.

Now it’s late and I still need to read through my presentation in a dry run and pack.

Please take a look at the sessions I’m attending and if there is anything specific you’d like me to listen out for/ask add a comment below.

S is for… (#atozchallenge)

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Reading Is Fundamental

I have a confession…I love learning.


It’s good to get that out; I think it’s an addiction. I know that there are others of you out there.


I went to a Grammar School and I’m not convinced that it was there that inspired me. In fact when I was applying to university one course told me to take a year out and I decided not to because I didn’t think I’d be able to get back into learning if I’d had time out (ha, little did I know). It obviously helps when you are learning things that interest you and I still have examples of school projects where clearly I had been engrossed in the subject. I really enjoyed Sociology at A-Level and won a school prize for it. I studied English and did consider dropping it because I felt we were told to concentrate purely on the words of a text without always considering context.


I do, however, have a tendency to be a little flighty and get more excited about my next course or the next topic to learn. I was initially going to complete my dissertation at uni on autism but then on my mental health placement came across a young man who had drug induced psychosis (caused by cannabis consumption) so I applied to change my topic.


In 2004 I decided that I wanted to go back to study and enrolled on a few Open University courses, An Introduction to the Humanities and Start Writing Fiction and Start Writing Poetry. I was hooked. I then completed: Approaching Literature, Start Writing Plays, Perspectives on Leonardo da Vinci, Creative Writing, Advanced Creative Writing, 20th Century Literature: texts and debates. I got my first class BA (Hons) Literature in 2009 and had to hold myself back from signing up for another course, they have one on Children’s Literature where you can study Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone!! (I did have a year out in 2006-7 to complete my PG Cert in Health and Social Care Education when I started my new job lecturing).


I’m now working towards a PhD and am finding the lack of deadlines challenging (I did sign up to the Writer’s Bureau course years ago and never finished because I didn’t have set deadlines). My supervisor has just suggested one though so hopefully that will push me to stop floundering and get on with it.


Academia then is actually a pretty good place for me to be, I really enjoy attending conferences and seminars and training sessions at work, always coming away with ideas but sadly not enough time to implement them all. I find this frustrating because my body can’t keep up with my mind, and there are only so many hours in a day. I think if I didn’t have to earn money I’d make a good eternal student, alongside my writing of course.


I have always been a strategic learner and learnt with a specific purpose, e.g. To write an assessment or to write a lecture to deliver. I need to set myself goals to work toward otherwise I don’t get anywhere.


I hope that my love for learning comes across to my students and that I inspire them to want to read more and find out more than I tell them. One of the biggest skills I learnt distance learning with the OU was that you need to learn yourself and that as you grow older it is less about being taught and more about picking up a book and reading and applying it to what you know or what you see around you (maybe that’s why although I enjoyed school it didn’t completely grab me then). I think that’s probably why yesterday’s topic of reflection appeals to me too, because it is generally a self managed process.

Day 106 - I am a librarian


My learning plans

My friend Stacey has completed some Science courses with the OU and she mentioned a course introducing Forensic Science. As my NaNoWriMo novel is a police story I am sorely tempted to sign up. The next presentation starts in May and there is some flexibility about when you complete it (in 6-8 weeks or 5 months). I just need to check if I’ve got enough Tesco vouchers to help pay some of the cost.

I have a few conference presentations coming up and plan to write journal articles on the topics I will be presenting on so that’s going to be a lot of reading and learning.

I would love to learn how to play the guitar

I would love to learn how to paint

I keep putting off the above two because they are ‘physical’ skills, something that you have to learn to do rather than understand. I know that they will be more difficult for me but I still want to try.

I want to keep learning about writing, I’m going to do that by doing it.


What are you/do you need to be learning at the moment?

Does a love of learning start in school or after? What was it that inspired you? Or turned you off?

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