Hi Donna et al, thanks for sharing that enormous and well-focused set of
professional reflections about action research and its relationship to
your work-based enquiry project.
Donna - can I use these exhibits as student exemplars to put onto the
Minerva TT4860 website when it is eventually up and running - Sarah
Fletcher, myself and other BSU tutors would have access to that as well
as enrolled students on TT4860 etc?
I'd be interested in your 'learning-of-your-learning' feedback about
How important is professional reflection upon and about practice as far
as you are concerned?
What do you see as the essential differences of engaging in such
reflection before starting an action research project, during the
project and then after the project has been completed (at least in its
For people that don't understand the methodology underpinning action
research as a way of levering change by action researchers in their
professional settings how would you explain the importance of eliciting,
capturing and analysing (making sense of) professional reflection as
part of the qualitative research process?
Lastly, given these questions and our project management approach
towards action research using CTS, how would you explain their purpose
and usefulness to other potential users? What is your experience of
using them in terms of benefits and any problems experienced?
Another question - how would you define the role of the mentor (outside
and peers) within action research learning environments?
Dr Steven J Coombs
Head of Continuing Professional Development
Chair of the Professional Master's Programme
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[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Donna
Sent: 28 October 2005 15:41
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Representing mentors' knowledge
Hope you're having a good holiday!! My mum and dad have been stranded
cruise ship in the Caribbean due to Hurricane Wilma, they were due back
Weds and are now not coming till tomorrow morning - bummer!
When Sarah says CTS, she means the Critical Thinking Scaffolds in the
booklet, eg Spider diagram. I have attached mine to this email - it
give you an idea of what to do? Basically it is a brainstorm for your
project, there are loads of other ones in their too. The PLTA is one we
used last time and I have attached that too! Look at my snapshot too to
how it evolved in terms of original thoughs etc... You can access it
through www.donnachipping.co.uk where it says Donna's snapshot.
As for m level, this means masters level rather than degree level,
is a little bit about this too in the booklet. What what it means is
have to critically enagage with literature about your research. eg.
about something you have read and say what you agree with, disagree
your thoughts on it, any epithanies etc...
Hope that helps a bit, I am sure Sarah will be in a position to shed
light than me!
See you on Monday
----- Original Message -----
From: "ben sykes" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, October 28, 2005 1:08 PM
Subject: Re: Representing mentors' knowledge
> Hi Sarah, i've read through the e-mails that u've sent, but as they
> to be responses to other people's e-mail that i haven't got access to,
> a bit confused about some of the things that you are talking about. At
> moment i am doing the background reading of learning/teaching styles
> looking into devloping my questionnaire for my targetted pupils.Whilst
> i've popped my initial thoughts onto my snapshot i haven't put
> else on at this stage as i'm still doing the background on it.Should i
> doing other things? You mention cts and needing to justify why my
> meets m standards-i'm not too sure what this means, so any light you
> throw on this would be much appreciated!
> Many thanks
>>From: Sarah Fletcher <[log in to unmask]>
>><[log in to unmask]>, Sarah Fletcher
>><[log in to unmask]>
>>To: [log in to unmask]
>>Subject: Re: Representing mentors' knowledge
>>Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2005 13:21:10 -0700
>>I would like the mentors who are researching their own
>>practice using CTS to talk about how they find using
>>these templates. I think another main focus should be
>>on knowledge generated by menrtors' research.
>>Great idea to invite Mirandanet colleagues interested
>>in mentoring - I would like us to have a presentation
>>on the new Franework on the day.
>>Steve - I think we would all appreciate a presentation
>>by you on CTS Can list members email me some more
>>ideas for presentations please?
>>I think we jointly organise a very interesting and
>>May I suggest again we discuss details off this list?
>>I'll go along happily if others would rather that we
>>sorted out all the details on line here!!!
>>Warm regards All,
>>--- Steven Coombs <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> > OK, but let's fit it in. Can we use the Saturday
>> > workshop in Bath as a
>> > time and venue to look at the role of CTS within
>> > mentoring and coaching
>> > creative learning environments? How many people
>> > would be interested in
>> > this, could we also invite MirandaNet colleagues?
>> > Cheers! Steve.
>> > Dr Steven J Coombs
>> > Head of Continuing Professional Development
>> > Chair of the Professional Master's Programme
>> > Home Office Tel: +44-(0)1225-783630
>> > BSU shared Fax: +44-(0)1225-875449
>> > BSU enquiries Tel: =44-(0)1225-875593
>> > Email: [log in to unmask]
>> > CPD & PMP Website:
>> > http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/schools/education/cpd/
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: BERA-MENTORING-COACHING
>> > [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
>> > Behalf Of Sarah
>> > Fletcher
>> > Sent: 23 October 2005 18:31
>> > To: [log in to unmask]
>> > Subject: Re: Representing mentors' knowledge
>> > Hi Donna/Steve/All
>> > Great idea to link in your snapshot - can anyone
>> > advise Donna on read only for linking in a
>> > PowerPoint
>> > from the BERA Practitioner Conference?
>> > Steve's Critical Thinking Scaffolds are useful
>> > aren't
>> > they - do remember to link in your self assessment
>> > for
>> > how/why your work meets M criteria
>> > Steve - I know you are very busy but is there any
>> > chance you could give us a seminar on Critical
>> > Thinking Scaffolds for mentoring & coaching?
>> > I would like us to review the TDA's?CUREE's
>> > framework
>> > for mentoring and coaching and see where CTSs might
>> > assist the process of impact detection - how might
>> > we
>> > assist mentors and coaches in validating any claims
>> > to
>> > be imporiving their own and others' practice by
>> > using
>> > CTSs?
>> > Warm regards
>> > Sarah
>> > PS I am going to be off line for a few days - as
>> > I'll
>> > be in Ireland working - I'm very excited to be
>> > assisting in establishing mentoring in ITT there
>> > --- Donna Chipping <[log in to unmask]>
>> > wrote:
>> > > Hi Sarah
>> > >
>> > > re. , I would like to include the powerpoint
>> > Rachele
>> > > and I did on the web do you know how it can be
>> > done
>> > so it is read only? Any ideas appreciated!!
>> > >
>> > Sarah Fletcher
>> > http://www.TeacherResearch.net