14000 words

I’m  minded of the thermometers you get outside churches, promoting their tower repair funds. You know the ones that show how much has been raised by a red blob creeping up a scale in the style of old style temperature measuring devices.

I’ve a tutorial this week and so felt obliged to get my literature review into some semblance of order. Currently there are 14 000 words. Unlike the fund raising gauge, though, I suspect this will fall before long as I cut out the bits that are not contributing to the thesis. 

Still it is good to look at that little word count at the bottom of Word and see six digits.

One thing that is taking shape is the concept map – now turned into chapter titles.

1.    Personal reflections
2.    Students’ construction of their learning
3.    Policy
4.    Technologies for learning
5.    Assessment
6.    Learning

These are how they emerged. I guess a better sequence might be

1.   Learning
2.    Assessment
3.    Policy
4.    Technologies for learning
5.    Students’ construction of their learning
6.    Personal reflections

This way the story builds up to chapter 5. After this will come the definitive statement of research questions and then the primary research with the students themselves. So far three schools have come on board and would be willing to have me interview students in the next academic year.

Once this is all done (!) I see the thesis structure to be developing like this

1.     Introduction, rationale etc
2.    Learning
3.    Assessment
4.    Policy
5.    Technologies for learning
6.    Students’ construction of their learning
7.    Statment of research questions
8.    Methodology
9.    Methods
10.  Analysis of data
11.   Findings
12.  Conclusion: the thesis
13.   Personal reflections

This will give me something to talk about on Thursday at the tutorial!


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