Author Archives: theCaledonian

About theCaledonian

Scot living in north Japan teaching at a national university.

How Universities Aid the Fall of Democracy

University education aims to transform people’s thinking. Thompson (2014) argues that institutions rarely openly declare this goal, but it is there nevertheless. But in this endeavour, there is a fundamental danger that threatens to destroy democracy. The bald fact is … Continue reading

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Moving to the thesis

I completed the EdD courses successfully, and I have just finalised my doctoral proposal submission. The next stage is to navigate the Ethics board before I can begin any data collection. So, with these movements, I’m going to change the … Continue reading

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Mod 8 Week 2 Initial Post

The action research project that UoL EdD students are expected to complete (or at least instigate) is likely to contain information that is sensitive to the institution. And as my employment can be traced quite easily, I need to exercise … Continue reading

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EDEV_508 Week 1_6

I’d like to comment here on the placing of an AR module in this EdD course, while noting that I have no intention of using AR as a research paradigm for my own thesis. The EdD is a wide enough … Continue reading

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EDEV_508 Week 1_5

I fully agree with you that in the short time scale of ten weeks, fully implementing a radical action research project is unlikely. However, it is exactly that that I will be attempting. I expect to fail, but the manner … Continue reading

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EDEV_508 Week 1_4

You’re right; my involvement in this week’s discussion on action research may have been side railed by this foray into knowledge. However, as my thesis subject is related to epistemology, it is useful for me to investigate how others (mis)conceive … Continue reading

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EDEV_508 Week 1_3

Like Goldman (1999) and other epistemology philosophers, I feel that postmodernism is one step forward and two backwards. That school’s greatest triumph was to forcibly remind positivists of the value of erstwhile non-standard perspectives. In particular, continental philosophy (predominantly French) … Continue reading

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EDEV_508 Week 1_2

(Please forgive this long post. I had written the lower part before I re-read your post and realised that I had misread you! However, the point I make is good, I believe, and can add to the discussion. So I’ve … Continue reading

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EDEV_508 Week 1_1

Clearly, the argument that AR theorists have built up a strawman characterisation of a fictional empirical method in order to legitimise the uniqueness of the AR approach must be quickly acknowledged and set aside if a more productive discussion is … Continue reading

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Mod 8 Week 1 Initial Post

This module asks students to develop an action research (AR) project to address a leadership issue within their own institution. AR presents a set of powerful tools for in-house research, and this module is key in helping students become deeply … Continue reading

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