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Monday, 19 November 2007
BSRLM Conference
Mood:  special
Now Playing: Ghost (Bananarama)
Topic: Seminars

Well, I went to the Cambridge seminar on Tuesday - which was fun getting the students' feedback - I think the things I've gained from that has mostly been in the preparation of the materials and doing some preliminary qualitative analysis. Fatin suggested that I probably could let students who did the black-box software do it again sometime later on the glass-box to see if there were any effects ... hmm ... interesting - don't think I'll have any time for that in this PhD but something to think about for future research perhaps?

I also went to the BSRLM conference on Saturday - I was hoping to get more feedback from it - unfortunately my audience was really low (I think perhaps because the people who were interesting in my talk were mostly Cambridge students who had already seen it and I was clashing with a workshop of Geogebra). I was hoping to get some feedback on my videos.  One person (Nicole) suggested I might looks at Hoyles and Noss concept of situated cognition ... and I've been doing some browsing on the concept and it might be useful but not sure how it actually fits in with the data I have ... well as I understood it situated abstraction is where students make sense of what is given to them in the situation in which they're. Noss (2002) in his paper of mathematical epistemologies that students in these abstracted situations should be able to transfer their knowledge and not be wholly confined to the situation as suggested by Resnick (1991).

Hopefully, I've looked at this correctly and I've interpreted it correctly. What was interesting when I was reading Noss's work and all other stuff on situated abstraction I was trying to figure where students were sense-making based on the software - and based on the bits of video data I've browsed through I can't say whether there was actually any abstraction based on the software perhaps in the open-box in the choice of the the variables in which students chose any variable wildly ... however, what did strike me is this notion of moving from the situated abstract and applying it in a different situation. So, I went and did an ANOVA (or rather a comparison of means) to check whether students were doing badly when they had to do the abstract problem in comparison to the real life problems.

Of course I found no difference in the 20 students (I removed the 2 outliers)! However, the means suggest that students who were doing the abstract problem (interpretive and constructive) last were students who were doing worse at it - I do have to check whether the problems that students were doing last in general - that students were doing bad in it. Because students who were doing problem 1 last also did very badly for both the interpretive and the constructive. I'm not sure whether that student's energies peter off to the last and weren't able to think ... looking at problem 2 - students also did bad when it was the last question but only for the constructive problem ... did students reach their cognitive limits? Was the time they were taking a strain on them - or were students generally couldn't handle the abstract problems? (I don't think it is the latter - I have a feeling students just do badly for the last problem!). So, much for my brief stint in checking out situative abstraction - but it still might come in useful so would keep it in mind.

Interestingly, at the BSRLM spoke about someone (I think it was on Schonfeld) who said that if students cannot work out a problem in less than 7 mins they think it is impossible - so, I need to check this out more carefully.


Posted by prejudice at 11:57 AM GMT
Thursday, 12 July 2007
PME Conference
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: PME president talking :)
Topic: Seminars
I'm at the PME conference at the moment and so far it is going well ... although the lunches could be better :D. My presentation is this afternoon ... hopefully it will go well but not sure ... bit nervous about getting hard questions and I'm not certain if I've practiced enough. Well ... right now in the PME AGM but going to slip out soon and go practice my presentation soon. And I'm only doing this to fulfil my obligation of writing in my blog :) ... because forgot to do it before I left.

Posted by prejudice at 3:54 AM BST
Monday, 4 June 2007
Kaleidoscope conference
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Loote Koi Man Ka Nagar (Abhimaar)
Topic: Seminars

Well, went to the Kaleidoscope conference in Cambridge with Gill on Friday. It was quite good, although I think the attendance was less this year. I was mainly in the maths/technology stream - well I didn't go anywhere else because the rest of the papers didn't interest me in the slightest.

But the papers were pretty good and interested ... and Patricia George was there, and it was good listening to what she has found and done, as I listened to her the first time when I was in Lancaster, and it is good to see how her research has progressed and how her ideas has been firmed up. So, that was encouraging.

There were still a couple of papers on teaching maths to trainee teachers, which I've always found a bit boring - not that the papers are boring but the topic doesn't interest me as much.

I think in all, whilst it wasn't a terribly important academic conference, I think in terms of meeting people and interacting it has been good. I met Zsolt again and yet again we've promised to write something together!!

Also, Gill and I were able to boast about our great postgraduate conditions at the OU :D. Also, how our supervisors support us as well ...


Posted by prejudice at 10:38 AM BST
Friday, 30 March 2007
CAL conference
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Tujh Pe Gagan Se (Chalte Chalte)
Topic: Seminars

Well, I'm back from Dublin after the CAL conference. Dublin was great - the CAL conference was OK. Well, not so great for me because there weren't a lot of seminars on my area. There were quite a lot on development (which I found myself going to) and on mobile technologies. My presentation went alright - I presented on remote observation - so was still along the theme of the conference. One person from the conference has asked me for a copy of my presentation - so I think that bodes well and have spoken to Ann (from Computing) about it as well ... and I think she might just be interested in doing that.

Our poster (the research blogging) was well received - people were interested. At the moment, trying to hurriedly put together a conference abstract for CADGME - but mightn't get any comments from James since I was supposed to send it this morning and he is oft to a conference this afternoon.

Oh well ... got Gill to give it a read ... so, even so would have gotten some comments.


Posted by prejudice at 5:22 PM BST
Friday, 15 December 2006
Video data analysis and eye tracking
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Memories of You (Association)
Topic: Seminars

So, went to Jonathan's demonstration of the video data analysis and eye tracking devices. I thought it was quite useful but he got me really scared when he started talking about trying to synchronizing videos (he told me this prior to the session). I don't know what I'm going to be doing in that case!

Anyway, I thought the eye-tracking device would be great for me to do about 2 or 3 cases just to see if the same thing is happening in the remote observation study. Jonathan did say when I'm doing the experiment I should probably do a about 30 participants in a counterbalanced design, and for the first 10 I look at just try to understand the data, and for the next 10 see if I'm picking up any patterns and checking to see if there is any typical or atypical behaviour and for the last 10, check and see what if my theories are being supported. He then suggested take one typical and one atypical participant and analysed in depth. He suggested a time-frame of about 2 months should be sufficient for collecting the data. I hope so!


Posted by prejudice at 7:29 PM GMT
Video data analysis and eye tracking
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Memories of You (Association
Topic: Seminars

So, went to Jonathan's demonstration of the video data analysis and eye tracking devices. I thought it was quite useful but he got me really scared when he started talking about trying to synchronizing videos (he told me this prior to the session). I don't know what I'm going to be doing in that case!

Anyway, I thought the eye-tracking device would be great for me to do about 2 or 3 cases just to see if the same thing is happening in the remote observation study. Jonathan did say when I'm doing the experiment I should probably do a about 30 participants in a counterbalanced design


Posted by prejudice at 7:27 PM GMT
Friday, 10 November 2006
TELMA workshop
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Invisible Touch (Genesis)
Topic: Seminars
So, I oft to the TELMA workshop on Sunday and back on Wednesday ... hope it all goes well. Hopefully, get to meet some interesting people and I think Luc Trouche is going to be there - so hopefully can meet him as well.

Posted by prejudice at 1:47 PM GMT
Tuesday, 3 October 2006
CAL '07 Conference Abstract
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: I want you so bad (Heart)
Topic: Seminars
On Friday, submitted the CAL abstract and it is looking pretty good. James sent me some comments and did it up quite nicely, and got Rebecca and Gill to look at my abstract also (and in turn looked at theirs!). Now go to get the work done, so that I have something to present.

Posted by prejudice at 4:46 PM BST
Tuesday, 26 September 2006
CAL '07 abstract
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Barbara Ann (The Beach Boys)
Topic: Seminars

I churned out an abstract for the CAL '07 conference - but not quite sure how good it is, sent it oft to James, Doug and John - so, far got a response from John - who said it looks alright - once it is tidied up.

At first didn't know what to submit, James and I have been contemplating it for awhile, but we couldn't find where exactly to put in the abstract since the abstracts calls for debating the use of CAL '07 (Title: Development, disruption and debate), and couldn't figure out how my present research fit into the themes (ICT & Learning - So what?, New directions, creative expression and learning, ICT for development) - as there seem to be more in the format of making an argument or debate that technology can have a disruptive effect.

However, what is quite surprising is that when I registered with the website, there outline for the abstract doesn't seem to imply there should be debate but rather present information from a study, as they suggest that it should have an introduction, methods, results and discussion.

Now I didn't read that before I put together my abstract (only saw it when I clicked the submit an abstract link which then ask you to register and then you get that information!), so don't have a results and discussion. Now, there is a very good reason why I don't have a results and discussion as yet - its because James suggested I write up my remote-observation study for it - and since that haven't quite started - I don't have any results and discussion - I guess I could probably pad a bit and say what my expected results and discussions might be (have a feeling that won't get me into the door - but could try). Ann thought that it might be a good opportunity to submit an abstract to such a conference - since some of the proceedings will be journal published - so why not give it a try?


Posted by prejudice at 2:44 PM BST
Friday, 7 July 2006
ICTM Conference
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Draw of the Cards (Kim Carnes)
Topic: Seminars
So, came back from Turkey yesterday (arrived home at 7pm) ... the conference in Istanbul was great ... met a lot of people who I was able to network with - particularly people from Australia from a range of universities - so that was good.

Hung out with some of the Turkish people as well and some people from the US (mainly from Tuscon!).

I'm not sure how great all the seminars were but was able to meet some of the researchers whose papers I've read, particularly Pat Cretchley and Leigh Wood. It just so nice to actually meet these people. Love these international conferences - because most of the work that is being done on CAS is occuring in Australia and you really don't meet much of these people in the UK.

Posted by prejudice at 8:57 AM BST

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