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