Reflection for Session 1: Workshop 1: Research Methodology on the 15/9/12
By Tee Siok Hoon
I got a better idea and understanding about the course structure of this SHU Master programme and the requirements to be awarded APEL of 90 Credits and to apply for IB Level 2 Teacher Award. I have also learned about the basic concept of research, actions research culture, ethics of educational research, quantitative and qualitative methods.
All these important understanding and knowledge are very useful to me because it will drive me for a successful research project designed to investigate International Baccalaureate practice that is related to my own teaching in the school.
I believe the IB education is a good education system and will create a better future for the students but how about the less advantaged populations or less fortune students who do not have a chance to learn the IB programme?
By realizing our Fairview education is growing and expanding with a goal to achieve 15 schools in and beyond this region, we are the future key leaders in championing this mission. By setting up more schools, forming up more and stronger administrative teams and teaching staff to effectively develop and deliver the IB programmes, we can then achieve our mission to create a better and more peaceful world.
Therefore I find that this Master programme is very practical in developing our knowledge and skills in relation to research an IB practice which is related to our own teaching. We are not only the leaders in schools but can also be the authority in our research area and thus bring benefit to mankind through our research paper.
I appreciate the great effort that our school has put in in developing us to be good leaders by offering us the scholarship, providing both local and international professors from Philippines and Sheffield Hallam University to conduct the lessons.
The first lesson was meaningful and successful. I observed that collaboration is a very powerful tool in achieving better learning outcomes. We were divided into groups and were given different topics for group discussions and followed by presentations in various styles.
We collaboratively worked on the presentation, shared our ideas and opinions during the group discussions and came out with new ideas and new knowledge. We learned from each other in the group and also learned from other groups. The Question and Answer session after every presentation was very useful as a brainstorm platform for us to argue the facts, to clarify the ideas, to derive new meaning and new knowledge.
Jigsaw reading, group discussions and presentations are useful methods to deepen our understanding about the topics, to develop our critical and reflective thinking, to encourage our creativity and problem solving skills.
In the future we should do prior reading before attending the next session. Other than reading the texts provided in the guide, we should also do additional reading on journals and websites for our important references.
I suggest forming a study and discussion group in the school. The study and discussion session is to be held after school hours once in every 2 weeks. The leader of the study group will organize and propose the venue, timetable and topics of discussions, compile the discussion outcomes and lead the discussions to draw conclusions.