Saturday, 1 April 2017

My Research framework in a pragmatic approach

After a week of frustration, I feel now there is a sense of moving as I have identified my area of interest. However, it is understandable that we adults don't like to make mistakes, as we were brought up that way. Teachers in school rewarded us when we were right and punished us with poor grades when we were wrong.  It is not right because, as Howard realized, any genuine experience involves trial and error. It is important, not just in learning how to run an equipment that is new to us but in .picking up any new skill.
Analyzing deeply  I am noticing that there are differences in my previous learning pattern and the amount of time spent in learning practical aspects and relating them with the philosophies. When it comes to my research framework I have realized that my research inquiry is based on a qualitative approach where lived experiences of people in the real settings become the objects of study.

I will be working on this framework which includes identifying my participants, explaining the object of conducting this research with their consent which involves serious questioning and critical thinking. I am planning to incorporate verbal techniques as one of my research tools where I will question them directly through interviews and group discussions to obtain individual opinions.  I might ask few questions relating to my beliefs. How am I going to frame questions so that I get relevant answers? Would it be feasible to observe them during the dance lessons?  Investigating whatever has ben told is genuine or not?   How will I analyze and distinguish between truth and untruth as research is only a more formalized and systematic way of knowing about people. Consulting, working with participants engaging personally will help me to explore further what I do not know? How to perceive from other's perspective while collecting their individual opinions? Recording all the facts will allow me to remember things as it is far easier to remember where to get information when I need it than to memorize the information itself. Many times I have fumbled for a particular word only to have it elude me until half an hour later when I no longer need it.

As Donald Schon's describes, professional practice is a flat place where we cannot see very far(1987) as everyone would love to work on a high plane from which all valleys, hills can be seen. Keeping theories -in-use as a map I need to observe and understand what I am actually doing and what I believed to do? as we are really thrown onto our resources in an everyday work environment, all we have is reflective practice, the process of trial and error and learning from mistakes. As Schon says, all education requires entering a place of not-knowing, and to ask significant questions to find out.  For me, reflective practice is helping to accept the learning route to and enabling me to say I do not know what is going on? and I want to find out? This questioning develops responsible and ethical action, such a becoming aware of how much my ways of being is culturally determined. I recognize that asking questions and being willing to stay with uncertainty is the only way to discover our assumptions and do something about them. I am actively shaping my surroundings and the way I  relate to others and communicate through these research methods.
With my pragmatic outlook, I am going back to roots thinking about my dance form acknowledging and reminding myself that there is something very beautiful in my roots.  I have entered into the world where my experience reminiscent of my mother, my teachers all the values stood for.  I am able to delve into the depths of religious thought as classical dance is based on mythology and stories from olden times.  These stories find ways into our lives, we relate to them and I believe in culture when I say culture I do not mean just dance,  but the idea of knowing who we are?