This blog is created to support conversation generated from and about the learning process for MA Professional Practice (MAPP) in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries (ACI) at Middlesex University.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018


Sunday May 6th is a Discussion Group day. We will have discussion groups at
11am (time in London)
5pm (time in London)

Indicate below which you will join and what you are bringing to the discussion. If you have any links or references you want people to look at to prepare please put them in the comments also.
have a look at recent changes to my blog.

You can now link to my BAPP blog which often has interesting discussion on it.
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Looking forward to discussions on Sunday. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

A thought for Module two...

Imagine you cannot use interviews as a method.
What other ways of gathering information during your inquiry are there than just asking someone else (to tell you the answer!!!!!!). People tend towards interviews as a go-to for qualitative research like ours but an interview is not the only or best way. Just asking someone else what they think is not enough if you have not thought about what you are going to do with what they say. For a lot of inquires this is a matter of why would they know (what you should think) any more than you already do?

We looked at other methods of gathering data - looking at journals, web-sites, specialist libraries, collections in museums and galleries, and archives of work.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Sunday discussions

This post is the overview for the discussions we had on Sunday PM (April 8th). People attending the discussion group are writing posts so visit their blogs and comment to keep the conversations going.

During the conversations people also mentioned books, journals, artists etc... We said that all these references will be posted by people here on this blog post in the comments below. People posting references they mentioned can you please put as sentenced about the reference so people who were not in the conversation (or people who were but not taking notes) can be reminded of what the reference material is about. – thank you.

We spoke about ideas and experiences of what learning is and what it looks like in the people we teach and also in our own learning journey. Including thinking about differences in approaches to teaching according to the age of the person ‘learning’.  

We spoke about ideas about retention of ideas, ‘work’ and technique and the roles strategies of mindfulness, visualisation, and rest have in these areas.

We talked about analysing your writing and asking yourself questions in order to deepen your critical thinking and write with more depth.

 I said I would write something about the idea of analysis ‘v’ interpretation. Story ‘v’ truth.

I will be writing a separate post on this.

Please comment below about the discussion and with references etc…
Please visit discussion members blogs

David -
Agata -
Garry -
Becky -
Davis -
Brandon -
Raymond -
Sam -
Hannah please put your blog address in the comments.
Jane, Emma & Imogen  please feel free to comment below on bits also. 


Thursday, 5 April 2018

Blogstar of the week!!

Jane ( and I were brain-storming how to get you blogging and commenting more in a skype recently. She suggested highlighting a blog. So Joe has just started keeping his feet more into blogging - go visit his blog and make a comment...

Comment below too...

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Sunday Discussion Group

This Sunday April 8th we have a discussion group:
11am (time in London)
5pm (time in London)

Please comment below to indicate which you will attend and what you will be bring to the conversation.


Friday, 9 March 2018

Literature reviews

A Literature Review - reviews the literature. It is like standing in the library and saying "these shelves are books and journals on aspects of xxxx", "these shelves are by people who have xxx perspective". It is not about one or two books. A Literature Review overviews what is out there and gives you a context for where you stand. It then helps you with how you analyse.

Friday, 2 March 2018


Module Ones - As you have been thinking about RPL (areas of learning essays) it seems like ti would be time to talk to your Advisor about your ideas before you start writing one.

Thinking about research methods - this video gives a sense of the privilege it is to have people talk to us about their ideas. As you design your inquiry in Module Two or as you are carry out Module Three be reflective. They are not there to answer your questions, you are there to witness and respect their experiences. Then analysis the experience to better inform your own questions.
Please comment below