We are engaging in reflection exercises designed to tap into our makawalu (eight eyes) – those multiple perspectives necessary to see beyond seeing. One of the techniques is to see our dissertation as a movie. The prompts are below:
I cannot tell my story until I figure out my genre. I cannot figure out my genre until I know my audience. I am caught up in a If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” book. If I want my research to influence educational leaders, then it needs to be a sepia foreign film After all, documentaries are so accusatory (Bowling for Columbine, Waiting for Superman) – No leader wants to be preached at, yelled at, ridiculed, exposed. If it’s a foreign film (and our education-ese really is a foreign language) then the movie gives some highbrow artistic as well as intellectual Zen-saturated clout to the dissertation.
If on the other hand, I need to make it for the teachers, then I really need to do a comedy of errors. Nothing as crass as The Hangover, but nothing as existential as Waiting for Godot (although that movie just cracks me up).
We’re moving on in class, I need to come back to this.
Sketch a few ideas
What is the backstory?
What are the key developments?
How will thinking in terms of a movie help your dissertation?