I've been going through Reader 6 over the weekend and making notes, highlighting text and delving into the questions that it raises.
I thought it would be good to blog my answers to these, not as a formal post but as a series of spidergrams. I hope this will give me the opportunity to reflect further on my original thoughts.
Looks at problems or concerns at
work with a view to developing strategies, Reflection on the why?,
skills and new knowledge that will resolve how?, who? and what? of
or better inform practice professional practice
How is professional inquiry
similar to other professional
activity in which you are involved?
Involves looking for answers Starts from having no real
from outside your answers and understanding
skill set to improve/ develop that truth is subjective
employers, What I do has implications for work -
professional bodies, clients, employers, public perceptions, etc.
existing research, etc.
Will be affected (to some degree) by personal bias ,
insider-knowledge, time and resources
Questions 2 & 3
Society publications Online resources/ articles
Read what is relevant Read articles
Apply any updates or new thinking Reflect on usefulness in own
Less reviewing more reflection and practice and try out
assimilation into current practice Adopt/ assimilate helpful
Do you search and review sources
from literature, gathering information
for decision-making? Do you collect
points of view in order to have a balanced
viewpoint from which to make decisions?
More indepth exploration of areas of interest Ask colleagues/ employers
Access to further reading for opinions and advice
Build on areas of expertise and improve Talk to professional
on areas of weakness associates/ networks
Different points of view to widen teaching
All information is, to some degree or other, reviewed from a personal bias and adapted to 'best fit' the situation.
Inquiry is not just for personal
Follows rules/ guidelines ensuring benefit but to others (clients,
ease of accessiblity to others colleagues, organisations, etc.)
\ / /
How is it different?
More formal methods of data/ Limitations explained and
information collection. More documented - bias and insider-
indepth analysis of data. knowledge recognised
Findings presented with
awareness of audience and \
reader in mind Scale of inquiry is generally larger than
questions raised in other professional
activities or in day-to-day practice
(looking at the bigger issues)