January 29, 2009
Yesterday I attended a Reseach Training workshop hosted by Jeanette Paul (Dundee University) and Dr Julian Malins (The Robert Gordons University) at the DCA in Dundee. The event was a joint venture between Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee and Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen.
The workshop discussed and informed us on areas such as contextual review, keeping focus, understanding your argument and the process of review. There was also a useful resource sharing exercise – great for someone at my stage of study.
Professor Tom Inns held an interesting excersise on mapping out your research topic. The Knowledge Mapping method I found very insightful – I even suprised myself at how focused I actually was! The method allowed me to illustrate, who, what and how people, things and literature had and continues to influence my academic research. Displaying your Knowledge Map allowed others to see your topic of interest which sparked up collaborations, discussions and the swapping of the odd business card.