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Journal Article

Learning Logs: Assessment or Research Method?  pp117-122

Tim Friesner, Mike Hart

© Nov 2005 Volume 3 Issue 2, Editor: Arthur Money, pp93 - 148

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Learning logs are an increasingly popular mode assessment. They record learning, experience and reflection. This paper considers learning logs as a research method, where researchers wish to gain a deep understanding of the processes of learning, reflection and experience as they occur in individuals over a period of time. Techniques are offered for implementing logs as a research method, analysing the data and interpreting results.

 

Keywords: Learning logs, research method, reflection, learning, experiential learning, experience

 

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Journal Article

Promoting the case for Using a Research Journal to Document and Reflect on the Research Experience  pp84-92

David Lamb

© Dec 2013 Volume 11 Issue 2, ECRM 2013, Editor: Ann Brown, pp53 - 117

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Abstract: This paper draws upon a personal research journey and makes the case for recording this experience using a research journal. tol The context for this paper is based on a study of family life and leisure, which collected data using more tradition al qualitative methods, namely focus groups and interviews with pre‑birth and post birth couples and leisure managers in New Zealand. The research design for this study was based on phenomenology, where the experience of the subjects being studied was sig nificant and involved developing an understanding of the lived experiences of pre‑birth and post‑birth couples, where the way they acted was dependent upon their understanding and meaning of their behavior (Waters, 1994) This paper draws on the research ers own reflections recorded in a research journal, whilst undertaking this research study over a five year period. The paper discusses the meaning and importance of reflection as a way of evaluating the researchers own research journey and highlights a number of issues with reference to the validity of such data. The paper concludes by revisiting the key benefits of reflection and affirms the belief that research journals are a useful tool, which enables the researcher to record personal thoughts and o bservations in a systematic manner.

 

Keywords: Keywords: personal, research journey, phenomenology, observing, writing, journal, reflection, y, qualitative research

 

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Journal Article

Using a Learning Contract to Introduce Undergraduates to Research Projects  pp121-130

Zelma Bone

© Nov 2014 Volume 12 Issue 2, ECRM 2014, Editor: Ann Brown, pp75 - 167

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Abstract: Many undergraduate Business programs aim to orient students to the research through a single‑subject focussed on research design and conceptualisation. The focus of this paper is to case study a learning contract as it guides undergraduate stu dents through a research project in a non‑research methods subject and to determine the value of this process. The learning contract is a negotiated process between the learner and the academic supervisor. It is often the students first foray into resear ch so the staged guidelines provide supportive training wheels and a detailed recipe to follow. The process can be challenging for both parties as it is a scaffolded assessment with close monitoring and regular feedback. The contract has three distinc t stages. The contract proposal is the first step and is where the student can choose their focus for project by articulating a learning goal and justifying why this goal is important. This is followed by the second stage of the contract which includes a literature review, reflections on readings and a detailed methodology. The final component is the learning in action (describing what they did), analysis and evaluation of their findings and a reflection on their learning. The many advantages of this as sessment are it can be used in a variety of situations and with a diversity of learners; puts the students into the centre of the learning process; students can choose a learning goal that is relevant to their situation; and it can stimulate deep approach es to learning. The learning contract approach to completing a research project also develops the students abilities in aspects of (mainly) qualitative research design and reflective practice. This paper draws on the authors 20 year experience of intr oducing students to research by using an assessment method that has gained positive feedback, strong student performance and high student progression.

 

Keywords: Keywords: Learning Contracts, Methodologies, Reflection, Assessment and Evaluation

 

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Journal Issue

Volume 3 Issue 2 / Nov 2005  pp93‑148

Editor: Arthur Money

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Keywords: Argument, Decision support, Delphi study, Evaluation, Model, Experience, Experiential learning, Frameworks, Information systems, Interpretive case study, IS design, Learning logs, Learning, Legitimisation, Narrative, Qualitative research, Quantitative research, Real-time data collection, Reflection, Research design, Research method, Research method, Rhetoric, Rules Simulation, Story telling, Web technology, electronic journal, papers, articles, research methods business studies, management studies

 

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