I LOVE reading about stuff. I am NOT good at pulling it all together in a way that synthesizes all that I've read clearly and coherently and in a way that frames my research. Part of this is my incredibly linear brain, which may be great for processing linearly organised articles and books, but is terrible for creating new patterns and cross-connections, which gets really messy (see images below). It actually physically hurts going through this!
Ever wondered if you just don't know what you're doing? That there must be something wrong with you? Do you regularly find yourself convincing yourself that you must be missing something? That it can't be this complicated - loads of other people do it. Well, they do, but so do you, and chances are they are struggling with similar things as you.
This is one of the hardest things I encounter as a distance learner. Am I doing this right? Do other people have the same problems? I've been reading these brilliant handbooks (see images below) on doing research. They are written in such an accessible and reassuring way and are literally guiding me through a process which (even though I've done it three times already) I find difficult to steer through alone.
And it turns out I'm not unique (surprise, surprise) and other people struggle with the following too:
Solutions I've found include:
I'm an educator driven by the desire to see people realise their potential by gaining the tools they need to be successful. I love being part of a community of learners for whom there is always more to be known and understood. For me, learning and teaching is cognitive, social and emotional and takes the whole self.