It’s been a while! With most of my time taken up with the UMI piloting activities and the UMI deliverable over the past 2/3 weeks, it’s now time to focus on my own PhD research and to update you on where I am and what my next steps are.
I completed my COP Literature Review Analysis and following a meeting with Trevor last week where we discussed my analysis and results, it was decided the contributions from my paper would be the following:
- Amend the 3 structural elements (pillars) of a COP (Domain Community and Practice) to also include Participation, Learning and Knowledge
- Define these new structural elements
- Case Study that identifies them within the Coderdojo Community – analysis of Coderdojo interviews
I am aiming to write a four page paper and submit it to NordiCHI 2018 (deadline April 15th) and I am also looking to submit something to CHI 2019 (deadline September 13th). This week and early next week I will be focusing on writing the Abstract, Introduction, Literature Review and Phase One of my study for the paper. I will also begin mapping these structural elements against the Coderdojo interview transcripts. I have arranged to meet with Trevor again next Wednesday, March 7th.
Along with the paper I am also working on three other elements of my research which will continue over a longer period of time:
- I am nearly half way through my PhD and as I was told it is never too early to think about the ‘bigger picture’. Over the next few weeks, I want to sit down and think about my PhD contribution in more detail – what will my design, methological, empirical and/or theoretical contribution be? What work do I need to do to achieve this contribution? This is something to think about for my next PhD review towards the end of April.
- I want to look into what research already exists on using Social Media as a learning resource/tool. (This may lead towards my empirical study) How do people use social media? How do teachers/students behave online (i.e. social media platofrms)? What are the most popular social media platforms and why?
- I am also working on developing a draft survey to distribute to teachers to gain an understanding into their use of online communities/community invovlement. What communities are they part of? What online resources do they use? How can these resources be improved? What can improve the teaching of STEM? Why do/don’t teachers join communities?
- I would also like to distribute a survey to students to gain an understanding of their perception of STEM. Why they do/don’t study STEM subjects? Would they be interested in pursuing a STEM career? Why yes/no? Do they understand the meaning of STEM? How can their learning of STEM be improved
I have a busy few weeks and months ahead but there is certainly plenty for me to work on!