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Breaking boundaries as writers and researchers, the challenges and rewards of completing an MA as a community of practice

Adamu, D., To Viet, H., Chuhuai, K., Xuan, Z., Doan Hong, T. and Underwood, M. J. (2015) Breaking boundaries as writers and researchers, the challenges and rewards of completing an MA as a community of practice. Paper presented to: Kaleidoscope, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, 2008-01-01.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Abstract: This paper is a co-written paper by five postgraduate students at the University of Northampton and one lecturer who is also a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. In it we discuss how as a group of students we broke down barriers between ourselves as individuals to create a community of practice rather than a class. All of us are currently engaged in research that involves comparing aspects of education in the UK with another nation. In the case of five of the writers this is with the nation in which we grew up. We deliberately chose areas of study that were intertwined and negotiated our thesis titles with each other to ensure that the research would be mutually supportive. It has been this method of collective writing and of reflective data collection that has been particularly innovative and that we will be presenting in this paper. Although the individual dissertations will be submitted separately, this approach has enabled us to build emotional resilience, and to generate work of a greater depth than would otherwise have been possible. In this way this paper fits with the conference theme ‘many paths, same goal’. The paper opens with an extended metaphor linking research to cricket and specifically to the great West Indian cricket captain Clive Lloyd. Metaphors can open up new ways of thinking as this one did for us.
Uncontrolled Keywords: MA education, community of practice, international students, co-writing, course design
Creators: Adamu, Doris, To Viet, Huong, Chuhuai, Ke, Xuan, Zhou, Doan Hong, Trang and Underwood, M James
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Education & Humanities > Teacher Continuing Professional Development
Date: 29 May 2015
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Kaleidoscope
Event Title: Kaleidoscope
Event Dates: 2008-01-01
Event Location: Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
Event Type: Other
Language: English
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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