One of the main issues that we as budding young researchers seem to have to deal with is first finding out what we we want to find out. And what makes it just so much more interesting is the fact that we don’t seem to realise that we don’t know what we want to find out. A clue here is the fact that our lecturers seem to keep coming back to the issue of “the problem”. This created the suspicion in my mind that maybe this is something serious. And a second suspicion: that maybe I don’t realise just how serious this is. And third suspicion: that we’re not (yet) very good at this.
… you know the way that sometimes someone listens intently to what you’re saying and they are giving all the correct non-verbal cues, but when they start speaking some of what you’ve just said back to you, you realise that they really didn’t “get” what you were trying to bring across. Well. I think that’s we’re mostly at at the moment. We understand that we must identify the problem or gap or whatshamacallit that we have to address during our research … but … good heavens! … isn’t it right that the problem is “teacher’s don’t use tablets for elearning”?
Why not? They don’t!
… [cue a long explanation with elaborate examples given by an incredibly patient lecturer] … oh … so the tool isn’t the problem? …. well, then the problem must be the teacher! [students smile happily at identifying the correct culprit]. So how does this one sound … the problem is “teachers are not willing to be taught to use tablets”
Still not right? How is that possible?? [Patient lecturer’s smile is getting more and more strained. Cue yet another very patient, very detailed explanation.] Students nod, smile and tell each other … “but isn’t that what we said?”
I guess that’s why they pay the lecturers the big bucks! 😉
So … does this one sound anywhere close to something? “Identifying linguistic challenges in professional development training courses for secondary school teachers that contribute to uneven uptake of mobile devices as part of classroom practices.”
(And no, that’s not what I want to do my individual assignment on … more on that doozy in some future blog … I am still trying to figure out what the problem for that one is!)