Saturday, 21 August 2010

Early PhD steps: work on title, propositions, areas of investigation

I'm coming to the end of two weeks annual leave - which I've used to focus on my family, not work or study, hence the lack of posts, sorry. However, like many of us I have had thoughts 'ticking over' whilst that's been going on. Mostly I've been amazed / in awe of how much time some people have to devote to Twitter. When I think I should be more productive, I remind myself that we've got four young children, so I'm in this for the long brick in the wall at at time!

The one thing that I've scribbled a note about is (following my previous post) work on my research question, assumptions / propositions and potential areas of enquiry. These are developing all the time, and no doubt will continue to do so as I start things 'properly' this coming semester.

Here's where I'm at to date, which is not very far!
Working Title:  "Game Changing: understanding accounts of professional change in multi professional children's services."

Early Propositions (as you can see, framed by the theory I've mentioned so far, especially Gidden's theory of structuration):

- individuals consciously and unconsciously (re) shape their 'self' which is an internal social object used to make sense of and position them in their experience of their world(s).

-  individuals interact with their professional communities both shaping and being shaped by them.

- individuals experience their professional 'selves' on conscious (discursive) and practical (tacit) levels.

- Individuals can be supported to present accounts of both the conscious (discursive) and tacit (practical, automatic) information about themselves through visual, interactive, metaphorical methods. I've made reference to David Gauntlett's work on this in his 2007 book "Creative Explorations"

Possible areas of investigation:

- identification of organisational 'rules' that influence the behaviour of social actors within selected multi professional communities of practice in children's services.

- individual accounts of change, focusing on the nature of changing professional identity and practice: what has changed? what relationships, processes, mechanisms (etc) can be identified and examined?

- investigation into the interaction between individuals and their communities of practice and how each influence / shape one another.