We hang out together.
In fact he goes everywhere with me.He’s there when I need him - for support, for sharing ideas, and for those moments when I just need a good listener, which he is - a very good listener.
I suppose, if I'm honest,he can be a little cold at times; I mean a bit of discourse every now and then would be nice, but I can't complain, he has so many other wonderful qualities,
There’s no judgement and he certainly isn’t condescending, he just gives me the space and time I need to say what's on my mind.
He's trustworthy, too, and reliable, but most importantly of all he doesn’t twist my words or make me out to have said something I didn’t.
Oh yeah, and he has such a great memory.
In fact this story wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for him.
A silly story, perhaps, but for me it's another trial/ reflection about how findings can be presented or constructed from inquiry data. In this case:
I originally bought my Dictaphone for the sole purpose of recording interviews
Between interviews it stayed in the bag with all the other interview paraphernalia
On a drive home after an interview one night (a couple of weeks ago) I had a thought that I didn't want to lose yet couldn't write down. So I dived into my interview bag, grabbed my voice recorder and captured my idea.
I then started to use him around the house if I wanted to jot down a quick idea that may or may not be of use.
Then yesterday and today he found his way into my handbag and I think that's where he'll stay. Yet another thing I can't leave the house without!
A practical form of data presentation? Not for me, this time. Too little time, too much data and an awareness of presenting student voices as individuals, and verbatim, not crafted into one tale of motivation.
However, it was definitely a fun little experiment!