Methodology and methods – what are they?

When preparing a practice-based enquiry or research you will need to ask yourself how you will answer your research question or test your hypothesis. The methodology and methods section of a proposal or write-up lays out these ground rules and approaches you take.

Grid for systematic reading

Download a grid for systematic reading from here.

Systematic reading to prepare a literature review

If you read a great range of articles you may find that you cannot remember who said what when and where. Therefore, a systematic approach to reading and taking notes is necessary. It may be helpful to apply the "CaMLISd" grid.

Writing entries in a reflective journal

Writing entries for a reflective journal is often a daunting aspect of teacher training, as we are not used to writing diaries. Here are some thoughts on how to get started with writing reflections.

Plagiarism

What is plagiarism? What are the consequences of plagiarism? What can you do to avoid plagiarising work? A brief introduction.

Proofing and editing

At University level you are expected to have checked, re-checked, edited and proofed your assignment several times. Each time you read through your work you should focus on a different aspect of your writing.

Referencing and bibliography

A good essay acknowledges all the sources used. Read here about referencing and bibliographies.

Writing a good academic essay

Consider some key elements when writing an academic essay: structure, language, use of sources.

Action plan template

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Writing an action plan

How to write an action plan in order to improve teaching practice. An action plan should include targets, next steps and success criteria for it to be meaningful.

Critical incidents according to Tripp

This is a brief outline of what Tripp considers as critical incidents.

Sarah Pink: Doing Sensory Ethnography

Pink's understanding of ethnography is broader than that of a study relating to the culture or society of humans. Really, ethnography in Pink's view is a phenomenological study of life world and in the book she offers ways of accessing this life world through a range of channels. Pink suggests including the human senses at all levels of research. This book offers great justification for a less conventional approach to research; an approach where openness to what happens is paramount.

Invisible illness and academic identity

A brief outline of intended research in relation to the invisible illness fibromyalgia and its impact on academic identity.

Reflective model according to Gibbs

This is a brief description of how the reflective cycle according to Gibbs works.

Reflective model according to Brookfield

This is a brief description of how Brookfield's four lenses work in reflective practice.

Reflective model according to Kolb

This is a brief description of Kolb's reflective model.