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My Ed.D. thesis proposal: What does it mean to be ‘digitally literate’?

I submitted the second version of my Ed.D. thesis proposal a while back now. I had to re-submit as I failed the first submission. This was a bit of a shock to the system, never having failed anything academically before. It was actually partly my supervisor’s fault – who has now left the University of Durham and doesn’t have a doctorate himself… :p

I was advised to wait until I had the marks back for the thesis proposal before posting it on my blog. Upon reflection, I could see this was a sensible thing to do, so now I’ve heard back and I’ve passed I’m going to post it in its entirity. I received 63% for the following, which isn’t disastrous but less than I would have hoped for. Because it’s my second submission, however, the mark that’s recorded is 50%. At the end of the day, I’m not overly concerned: my Ed.D. overall is pass/fail… 🙂

The comments on the following were:

This is a solid proposal which provides a detailed reflection of the relevant literature in which the proposed study is to be grounded. Although covered in less detail than the literature section, the proposal provides an appropriate methodological base for the research. The proposal suggests a cross-cultural component and it is important in this context that similarities as well as ‘discrepancies’ are identified and that the study does not become unmanageable. In general this is a good solid proposal.

(emphasis mine)

The proposal itself follows after the ‘tag’ cloud that is indicative of its contents (courtesy of TweetClouds)

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Google Apps proposal

Google Apps

A couple of days ago I was at an departmental ICT representatives’ meeting at school. Every problem that was flagged up seemed to me to be easily solved by an installation of Google Apps Education Edition:

  • Want to be able to provide staff/pupils with more than 10MB webspace? GMail offers over 6GB!
  • Want students to be able to start work at school and finish off at home? Try Google Docs!
  • Want departments to be able to quickly and easily create websites? Use Google Pages or Google Sites!

That evening I started putting together a proposal. As usual, I tweeted about what I was up to.

Twitter - Google Apps

A few kindly folks – namely Tom Barrett, Dave Stacey, Damian Bariexca, Kevin Jarrett, Miguel Guhlin, Paul Williams and Daniel Stucke were kind enough to give me feedback and suggestions.

The version I submitted to the Senior Leadership Team and those in charge of ICT at my school is available here:

PDF Google Apps proposal

For various reasons, I doubt that it will gain any traction at my school. However, I’m putting it up here with the hope that it may prove useful to someone else in their cause! 😀

Ed.D. Thesis Proposal (almost there!)

I’ve just sent off the draft of my Ed.D. thesis proposal re-submission to my temporary supervisor. My working title is What does it mean to be ‘educated’ and ‘digitally literate’? The impact of ICT and the knowledge society upon education in the 21st century. At 7,500 words the thesis proposal is too long, but I’m mainly interested in his thoughts on the methodology section that my previous supervisor unfortunately neglected to tell me I needed to include.

If you’ve time, I’d appreciate any feedback! 🙂

PDFDraft of Ed.D. Thesis proposal (128KB)

Paradigms within research methodology

Inspired by Bredo’s diagrams in ‘Philosophies of Educational Research’ (within Handbook of Complementary Methods in Education Research – see previous post for reference), I’ve produced the following diagram. Hopefully it will help clarify my thinking when it comes to writing the methodology section of my thesis proposal:

Gliffy diagram?

Argument for thesis proposal

I’ve used Gliffy to outline the argument for my thesis proposal. It’s a bit rough and needs some work, but I’ll come back to it later! Click on the image below for a larger version:

Gliffy diagram


Back on the thesis proposal trail…

Trail (Depth of Mist Wood)

After failing my previous Ed.D. thesis proposal (I can see why now…) I’m beginning the process of starting from first principles, this time building towards analysing the concept of ‘digital literacy’. The books I’ll be looking at today are both ones I’ve looked at (briefly) before and are both edited by Ilana Snyder:

  • * Page to Screen: taking literacy into the electronic era
  • * Silicon Literacies: communication, innovation and education in the electronic age

I’ll be putting my notes, as usual, over at teaching.mrbelshaw.co.uk/wiki in the ‘thesis’ section.

Ed.D. thesis proposal finished!


I’ve finally finished my Ed.D. thesis proposal! I shall be sending it off this week to be ripped to shreds. But hey, I’ve only got to pass the module – the real work starts in the summer…

If anyone fancies reading 6,000 words on what I intend to do with the spare moments of my life over the next 2/3 years, feel free to read it here. I shall post my bibliography separately online, as it may be useful for others when searching Google, etc.

Thesis proposal mindmap

I’m coming back this week to my thesis proposal in order to try and get it finished off during the Easter holidays. My supervisor said of my last effort that it included some interesting ideas, but it was not coherent enough nor did it have a logical enough progression.

To help make it better, I’m deconstructing what I’ve written so far so that I can organise it better and add extra material. The following mindmap will help with this:

Thesis proposal mindmap

Ed.D. Thesis Proposal, v2

Google Docs

After my last attempt wasn’t specific or focused enough, I’ve completely re-written it. If you’re interested, have a look here:



Expanded thesis proposal outline

I’ve just heard back from my Ed.D. supervisor regarding my expanded thesis proposal outline. Unfortunately, as I suppose I was expecting, it’s not focused enough. Now I’ve got to try and write another one before the end of the month! The problem is that I’m used to the broader (and shallower) practice of blogging, rather than the depth required for a thesis.

So at the moment I’m thinking that my new focus will be something along the lines of:

Does the nature and practice of schooling need to be modified to reflect the changing nature of knowledge in the 21st century?

(obviously this needs to be refined and focused as well, but it’s a start…)