Embarking on year two of the EdD Creative & Media programme at CEMP. Opportunity to participate in a beach research project in teams. Very quickly I volunteered to use a visual approach and I could perhaps have been more open to research methods I hadn’t tried before. The team were generous and facilitated my preference. The weather was inclement but the team persevered and I did wonder whether cyclin the length of Bournemouth sea front taking photos with my increasingly soggy iPhone had been sensible. It did, however provide some data which can now be used to elicit responses and at least provides a basis for some quantitative research on numbers of people using the beach (also promenade and sea) 1.30-3.00 on 9 October. The broader question was ‘What brings you to the beach today?’, and the images address that question. Wes was alas recording images in a fixed point and other methods included observation and interview. If you leaf through the images you will see people surfing, learning to surf, working, dog walking, sheltering. You will not see people eating ice creams (as was much anticipated in planning while the sun shone). Nor will you notice (probably) the end of some sleeping bags of those making part of Boscombe Peer their home on quite a bleak day.
Heres is a link to the 33 images: Beach Research
In the afternoon I had the opportunity to present my EdD research to a mini conference. Just the process of assembling a 10-minute overview was useful in reflecting on the year. I was also able to develop some new connections through some of the excellent sessions during the day.
Here is a link to my presentation: T R Berry
Finally, as I left the group to travel home on the train I read through a paper on qualitative interviews which I used to outline my pilot study and in many ways this facilitated some clarity of thought about the research as a whole and the relationship to my practice. For the first time, and thanks to the presentation just before the conference, I began to consider curriculum design as an artefact of practice and the research both emerging from the narrative about that process, but also informing the design of the artefact.