Reflections on My First Year of PhD Study

Having just received the feedback for the 2nd semester’s two assignments, the module of research training is officially completed now. I had enjoyed the experience of developing myself to be increasingly creative, curious and confident in academic exploration. Here I would like to quickly share some of the reflections about my PhD journey in the first year. Before everything began: 3 […]

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Who am I?

This is a question I have been asking myself over the last couple of days as I started my pilot study. I am doing classroom-based research which means that I am researching my own learners. I’m using normal pedagogic activities to collect my data, so I’m not interviewing students or running focus groups or anything like that, I’m just doing […]

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Panel Proposal Writing – Logic, Coherence, and Appropriate Genre

Writing a panel proposal was quite an adventure to me 😀 starting from finding and understanding the topic, formulating reasonable RQ (s)  and so on. As my topic was quite new to me (especially about educational policy and language policy aspects) I had to start by building up my understanding about the elements of my topic. Fortunately, I had quite […]

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Induction?

Any Induction week reflections to share? Yes . . . a late submission. Thanks for the submissions of other colleagues. My experiences were similar too. Just another version. Bona’s recollections of the 2013-2014 Induction Week Hi all, I guess Richard’s request for us to share our reflections of the Induction week is probably related to the SEED/MIE version in the […]

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First – and last (!) Annual Review

I have just had my first Annual Review in the new format with Dr Juup Stelma in the hot seat as independent reviewer, and found it an overwhelmingly positive and thought-provoking process. I was honest about the issues with which I am struggling and the tensions between the framework in which I am working – feminist relational ethics – and […]

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My learning from a pilot study

I conducted a pilot study titled “English Language Teachers’ Perceptions of Intercultural Competence: An Exploratory Case Study in a Thai University” in Thailand in June 2013.The main purpose of my pilot study was to try out data collection methods which included semi-structured interviews with English language teachers, a chat with Department Head, classroom observations and documents collecting. In addition, I […]

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A Change in Policy; A Change in Direction: An Experience of Changing PhD Research Topic

When coming to Manchester in October 2012, my head was full of ideas about a new developing bilingual education trend in my country i.e. International Standard School (ISS), a type of school which is unique to Indonesia. In other countries, when mentioning ‘International’ concerning education, it usually deals with International students coming from different parts of the world. However, in […]

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