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Last week, while we were in our residency bubble, I sent a message to a colleague who had gone through the MAELM program a few years ago and had been in residency at RRU twice. I told her that as I was experiencing residency, I was thinking about her. I also mentioned that I thought my brain might explode…. Her response was reassuring as she remarked on the intensity, but also on how amazing and awesome the experience was. She wished me luck, encouraged me to “hang in there,” and left me with “trust the process.”
Trust the process...
I am grateful for her words, as I have thought about them often, since then. There have been a number of new concepts that we have been exposed to that I have found difficult to comprehend. To add to the challenge, we usually had to apply the concepts to an assignment right away. How was I going to complete an assignment when I didn’t completely understand the idea behind what I was to do?
There are a few examples of this from the past few weeks. One example was in Introduction to Learning Theories when we were asked to start the writing process for a paper, outlining our own epistemological assumptions. At that point I was barely able to pronounce the word "EPISTEMOLOGY" and was only beginning to understand the meaning (after reading and writing and re-reading multiple definitions). I only had a slight grasp on the general idea, let alone what my own epistemology was. Through reflection and further readings, I gained some clarity and, through a windy road, found my way to be able to articulate my epistemology.
Trust the process…
Our last assignment while we were in residency was a team project that entailed summarizing scholarly communities of journal articles, including cultures of inquiry and theoretical frameworks. - Scholarly communities? - Theoretical frameworks? Theoretical framework, in particular was difficult for me to comprehend. In his you tube video Francois Desjardin defines theoretical framework as “a logically structured representation of the concepts, variables and relationships involved in a scientific study with the purpose of clearly identifying what will be explored, examined, measured or described.” We discussed it in class and I continued to look for more information, but it still seemed abstract to me. Regardless, I needed to do the readings and start working on the assignment. As I looked for meaning and key words, I began to see some patterns and clues. As I continued to research and we worked together as a team, it started to make sense and I remembered to trust the process. I feel like there is a lot left to understand about theoretical frameworks and scholarly communities, but then again, we are only 5 weeks into our program.
Trust the process…
I’m working on our last assignment for Introduction to Research. It involves writing an annotated bibliography, an article summary and an article critique, all of which are new to me. I have some questions, I have found some answers and then there are some more questions. I will continue to work on it and, as with the other assignments, I will trust the process and by the time I am finished, the picture will be much more clear than when I began.
Desjardins, F (2010). Theoretical Framework. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcnufgQzMjc&spfreload=10