Action Research and Made in Wales – Week 6

From the meeting to the innovations workroom:

Synthesizing their 4 estimations, 4 creative currency credits, nothing ludicrous. Uses, Environment, Technology. Teams should commit to the presentations, less discussion in this session. Now is the time to shape/ mould and create. Commit to the idea you have been working on.
Ask questions; “How might?” and evaluate your explained reasoning.
The challenge here was the team I was working was had only one member there.

The Homework; Startup simulations, Business Concept Statement, SWOT analysis of the idea to inform allocation of creative currency.

We were told to Critique the desirability of the team’s ideas, push them to find an enthusiastic response to your proposal from end users, which will provide statistics to quantify the desirability of your product. Viability will provide estimates, what’s the purpose/value provided in your proposal?
Feasibility was the biggest challenge for the team here, because they lacked the prior work, only one girl had turned up out of her 4 members. She had not been there the previous week. Rather than giving up, we persisted on to generate somne of the 24 ideas which were to be created. This proved a challenge, but together we came up with the final idea for her team to continue with.

Multidisciplinary Action Research. Kurt Lewin, then a professor at MIT, first coined the term “action research” in 1944. In his 1946 paper “Action Research and Minority Problems”
What is the added value of this kind of work/research? It was the process of a changing organization to be tested and assisted by external professional researchers to improve overall organizational strategy. Elope verged on action research, it had external professionals involved, but it wasn’t a changing a company, and the same can be said for Enterprise by Design. If the students were involved directly with the company, they could be action researchers, but it is early days for many of them, including us supervisor graduates.

A mood point which resonated with me deeply was the idea brought up by Andy Goodman that education is too focused on giving education to students, helping them to understand work, but not build upon it. I figured out how to do exams in first year because they didn’t want our original thought, they wanted us to prove we understood, and nothing more. As I progressed in my Electronics Degree, especially Masters year, I noticed that the questions in assignments was more tending towards original thought, which is why it is more enjoyable. This is only possible once understanding is shown though.
Educare (latin)- To extract knowledge, as opposed to inserting knowledge into students. “bring out, lead forth.”

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