Monday, 24 November 2008

Practitioner research from LSDA Northern Ireland

There's an absolutely fascinating collection of 'perspectives on engagement in learning' available from the RaPAL site.

I am engrossed in working for my Level 5 Numeracy Diploma but this document has made me think seriously and optimistically about literacy again - the first time for quite a while.

So far, I've only fully read one article (of nine) but will be attempting to get a hard copy so I can sneak some quick browses from the comfort of my armchair.

Ever on the look out for resources, my eye was drawn to the appendix of research paper 1, 'Exploring text messaging from the perspective of the young people who use it', (Pamela McDowell). I love the idea of 'translating' from one form of text to another. Just wish I had time to produce something like this for my group of teenage Entry Level literacy students - but the Numeracy Diploma keeps calling!
I then backtracked and read Pamela's paper. It is full of eye-opening facts including a list of situations when young people would consider switching their phones to 'silent'; 'off' does not seem to be an option except during air travel.

All nine papers are related to such everyday topics or real-life classroom situations. If you skim the contents page (click picture left for an enlargement) I guarantee you will get pulled in.

Each paper ingeniously concludes with comments and reflections from the author / researcher. These have convinced me that getting involved in action research is not as difficult as I thought. Maybe after the numeracy diploma?

3 comments:

annec said...

Hi Maggie,

This sounds very interesting. I would love to explore the literacy of texting more. Perhaps I'll get a chance to read this report now with a holiday. Merry Christmas. Anne

annec said...

Hi Maggie, I used the 'Love Hearts' investigation in my evening class last night and it worked very well.

Thanks,

Anne

Maggie said...

Thanks Annec. It's great to get some feedback.
You've just reminded me that Valentine's day is fast approaching so I expect other site users will also be interested in this resource.
Note:
to locate the Love Hearts resources (both literacy and numeracy versions are available) simple type Love Hearts into any custom Google site search box on the site. To find other Valentine resources (e.g. maths quiz, writing activity) search for Valentine.