For doctoral research students, a great resource on interviews within a case study approach is the following powerpoint presentation from Dr. Dimitra Hartas.
March 06, 2013
Sodiq, Abdulla (2012) The Composition of Governing Bodies : a Case Study of a College in England. Coventry: University of Warwick. [Link to paper]
December 05, 2012
The International Journal of Small Economies (IJSE) publishes its third issue. The focus is on tourism management in the Maldives & democracy in Bangladesh. http://ijse.maldivesresearch.org/ijse/journal-articles/
September 30, 2012
Please click on the following link to do an initial survey into the usefulness of research into teacher governors at FE colleges in England.
June 10, 2012
Had the opportunity to present at the Institute of Education: Kaleidoscope Conference : University of Cambridge. I presented my small-scale research, which was a case study of an FE college governing body's views on the composition of College Governing Bodies in England.
Questions asked by audience focussed on the selection process in governing bodies and the level of involvement by student governors.
A very interesting and related presentation was by Steve Lambert from the University of Bedfordshire and University of Hull on Sustainable Leadership.
March 28, 2012
April 05, 2011
Some tips from this session:- create a search strategy using keywords, synonyms etc (see handout)- citation alerts vs cited alerts- Mesh subject headings- some datdabased may not be indexed, meaning you can’t search in some fields of an article.
useful tips from the sessions: expectations from a supervisor:- regular meetings (once a month)- part-time vs f/t no difference in support provided- prompt feedback- available always a good idea to get second opinions – support particularly useful during the upgrade, at which point supervisors are expected to read the whole thesis + discuss before submission to examiner. – sounds like you could even request an examiner from a particular academic background. managing the relationships: – clarify expectations – (done already); got a verbal reassuring response that any help support could be asked for- keep them updated- provoke them academically- follow their interests- use their contacts; have received good support:- eg:- helped me to re-focus my research at early stage eg:- at one point I started thinking of a comparative look at US & UK FE governance and supervisor reminded me that my original idea was not that, which was very useful.- interim meetings c ould be about bibliographical scope – have done this and supervisor was happy with my list of reading
February 02, 2011
Thought of doing a bullet list of a few things that may make your presentation more effective.
- You are the Presenter! - Perhaps a bit obvious, but too often, a presentation is spoilt by a slide show taking up your distinguished position. Don't get your extras lead the presentation. You should be in charge. By extras I mean your slides, or any other visuals or realia you may want to use.
- Practise, Practise and More! OK, the amount of content you can possibly cover depends on how much time you have but if you do a lot of practice, it will help you tackle one of the most important aspects of a presentation - timing. Have a table clock in front of you, one you could easily check when you need to. When practising, ask a friend, family member or a colleague to be the audience.
- Content - limit the content to a manageable amount within the time limit. By loading too much into your session, you are burdening the audience with information they don't need to know. The content should be based on a simple structure that is easy to follow.
- Voice Projection - a good controlled voice depends on how well you breathe(another skill, basically meaning that you should make time to inhale a good amount of air to fill your lungs) and whether you take gaps between your words and sentences.
- Audience vs You - Again the reminder is you are in charge. It doesn't matter who is in the audience. The time is yours and solely yours. You do what you planned to do and you decide the amount of information you want to give and when (if at all) you'll take the audience's questions. Make eye contact with people in different sections of the audience so that they feel that they are all included and that you are talking to the whole audience.
- Relaxing and Posture - Proper inhaling mentioned above will help. Also, your posture should be such that your body is straight most of the time rather than angled. Let your legs take the full weight of your body (as opposed to leaning against a desk, for example) and stand facing the audience. Walk around your space if you need to move.
- Visuals & other Aids - Any aids you use should serve a purpose , ie:- help the audience to understand what you say better, in other words it should be complementary and add extra meaning. The content in each slide should have as few words as possible and the same goes for the number of slides - as few as possible. Otherwise, as mentioned in point 1 above, the presentation will be all about what is on the slide and not you or what you say. Realia is good because they have a powerful and lasting impact.
- Finally, finish with a meaningful but short message, if possible accompanied by a complementary visual (eg:- a slide) The idea is to create a lasting impact.
Best of Luck with your Presentation!