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Post PGCEi pre Masters

Discussion in 'Qualifications & Courses' started by bahn_farang, 8 Oct 2016.

  1. bahn_farang

    bahn_farang Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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    Hello everybody,

    So after the Nottingham PGCEi and before my masters in February starts I am looking for something to challenge the mind. Has anybody heard of accredited courses that could further improve my professional practise?

    Really looking for something beyond the look at the video and pick up the cert.

    Have been kicking my heels for the past week, house is tidy, to do list is done so am looking for some thing to occupy my time.

    Suggestions welcome.
     
  2. po3try

    po3try Well-Known Member

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    ..spend time with family...
     
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  3. bahn_farang

    bahn_farang Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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    thank you Po it's what I should do more of but at this time (10pm) all are fast asleep and I would usually be digging into some reading, Portnoy gave me some great reads which have been read, now just wondering what to do with my time.
     
  4. Tonyja

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    Can't you think what to do for yourself, or are you worried people have forgotten your supremacy?
    It's a rhetorical question, obviously no...:hilarious
    Family, life, do stuff!!
     
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  6. ttompatz

    ttompatz Just another teacher

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    bahn_farang: If you are starting a legitimate Masters program then the best advice I can give you before starting your program is to start reading research papers in your area of interest ( Google Scholar ) and learn how to effectively use google scholar Google . Your university should give you access to various journal databases so you won't need to pay to download research papers and academic journals.

    Whether you do a thesis based masters program or a program based on comprehensive exams and an independent study you will need to write up a "lit review" as well as a proposal. They are genre specific as compared to work you would have done during your undergraduate degree so get used to the formats.

    literature reviews an overview for graduate students - YouTube
    thesis proposal - YouTube

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    bahn_farang Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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    Thank you ttompatz for the useful links to literature reviews and thesis proposals. Google Scholar is not something I used doing the PGCEi so I will have a feel around on it too.

    Referencing: For the PGCEi I manually typed all my references providing the hyperlinks to each article. This was a two day job for each article. In your experience is it better to use something like endnote or do it manually?

    Now its time to take some of Po and Tired Tony's advice and go swimming with the family
     
  8. ttompatz

    ttompatz Just another teacher

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    I use endnote for most things but it will depend on what package your uni uses for validation and plagiarism review of your thesis. Some grad schools use things like e-thesis and endnote coupled with turnitin or grammarly for style and plagiarism checking.

    If they don't use anything specific then use what you are comfortable with.

    Get used to APA for your referencing as well as writing style.
    The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is another reference that will be well used.
    Purdue OWL: APA Formatting and Style Guide

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    bahn_farang Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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    Since my University is UK based I think they will use Harvard but thank you for the very useful information
     
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  11. paull

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    You could try a MOOC, such as on Future Learn.
     
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    Browse courses - FutureLearn
     
  13. bahn_farang

    bahn_farang Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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    Thank you paull
     
  14. paull

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    There's quite a lot of stuff on there and linked to some respected institutions. Give it a try!
     
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    While studying for the KP Crisps tests, of which the subject material was vaguely defined, I came across (almost literally) Skinner's paper on 'The superstition of the pigeon'. It's worth reading just for the comedy value but then I began to see the same behavior in humans...
     

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