This article explores how insights and new knowledge were incorporated about narrative inquiry methodology, poverty, and deficit ways of thinking through a journey of mentorship. The experiences of a graduate student, as she journeys through the roles of a research assistant and graduate researcher, all the while being part of a positive mentorship experience, are relayed. The article describes the journey of an evolving researcher who becomes wakeful through the narrative inquiry methodology while engaged as a research assistant as well as a graduate student alongside her supervisor.
Keywords: qualitative research; narrative inquiry; education and training; research mentoring; poverty; deficit thinking
Article first published in “Journal of Research Practice”, V. 9 (2013), n. 2, Article M7. Reprinted with permission.
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In 2005, the new quality standard for learning, education and training, ISO/IEC 19796-1, was published. Its purpose is to help educational organisations develop quality systems, and improve the quality of their processes, products and services. In this article, the standard is presented, and compared to existing approaches, showing the methodology, and its advantages for educational organisations. However, since the standard is a reference model, it has to be adapted to the needs and requirements of an organisation. Hence, the main aspect is the adoption and implementation process: how can ISO/IEC 19796-1 successfully be implemented in educational organisations, and support the variety of involved actors? To answer this question, the quality adaptation model identifies steps and instruments to bring the abstract standard into practice. The article closes with a case study, evaluating the use and adequacy of the model.
Article originally published in ‘Educational Technology & Society’, V. 10 (2007), n. 2, pp. 3-16. http://www.ifets.info/journals/10_2/2.pdf - Reprinted with permission.
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