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Some good news and bad news about the ASI questionnaire

Mood:  chillin’
Now Playing: Wildflowers (Dolly Parton)
Topic: Questionnaire

Well .. some good news – three of the lecturers from the UK survey wrote me back indicating they will be willing to forward a URL link to the ASI to their students. So, that was great news – however, when I contacted Donna found out that she will be away for next week, and Nick said it couldn’t be done since the Survey Office has a lot of work to be done at the moment. So, he said it can be done the following week. Now, that ain’t too bad … but I sort of jumped the gun and replied the lecturers saying I’ll see if the survey office can do it by the end of next week :D. So, I’m in a bit of hot water … me and my big mouth! Why could I not wait for Donna’s reply – I think it was because I wanted to reply the emails before a hour had passed by … why you may ask? I have no clue!

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Cannot send off my ASI questionnaire

Mood:  blue
Now Playing: Walk, Don’t Run (The Ventures)
Topic: Questionnaire

Well, I’ve been stupid and careless!!! I should have sent out the ASI questionnaire email, everyone has their students in the exam period now – or they have stopped teaching them … uh … I feel like crying at the moment … I’m wondering if the Australian, New Zealand or USA sample might be the same way – I’m thinking of sending it to them. Got to check the term times for these countries. Give me a sec.

Well, the US has a summer term – I guess that is summer school – I can try that out – I see for Australia in one university there is exams in mid-June – so if I can get that in.

James told me to write early – but I didn’t listen – I feel terrible – this research is going from good to bad. I mean I still have the ATI and the linear programming part of the questionnaire to analyse – but still!

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ASI questionnaire

Mood:  not sure
Now Playing: Ah not lying (Rikki Jai ???)
Topic: Questionnaire

So, I wrote the email to the people asking about sending out the questionnaires. So, far gotten replies from 4 persons (well technically 3). One of them is away – so got an automated reply … as for the other three – they’ve already finished teaching. One indicated that may the case for most UK universities i.e. finished in March (not sure what I’m going to do in that case – I can try the US, New Zealand and Australia people!). Well, most of them said they will be willing to do it during their next teaching term – so got to keep them in mind.

Anyway – if one person actually wrote and said they were willing to do it – it would have lifted my mood better – but got a compliment from one of the persons who wrote they said

“…it was a rare change to be filling in a questionnaire where the compiler knew something about both teaching and LP.”

So, that made me feel a bit better! Anyway, going home now!

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Questionnaire has been sent!!!

Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Chicks dig it (Chris Cagle)
Topic: Questionnaire

Well my questionnaire is finally off …. its on the web – its live and it has been emailed to the participants. I’ve been getting some enquiries – one guy asked me what was my Ph.D research on and how I got his name. So had to explain, I got it off the net since to my knowledge there was not a list of LP lecturers in the UK. I think he probably thought there was a big conspiracy theory – or maybe didn’t realise how easy it was to get information off the net.

Well this other guy wrote to me said he did not know what to do, since he taught two courses and wonder if he should amalgamate them in his mind and then answer the questions. Well, I told him to choose one course and answer it accordingly … at least that was the instructions on the questionnaire. But that had been one of my problems with the questionnaire. I had wanted to send it for each course – but wasn’t certain how that could be operationalised – and Doug had suggested that I should tell them to choose one of the courses – and I had agreed at the time since I didn’t have a better solution. But I’m wondering how badly will that have skewed my data … especially if they are teaching for two or three different types of students … so thank goodness this is just a feasibility study – hate to think this was my Ph.D research because I already see a big hole in the validity of the results. Oh well, one more thing to talk about in my discussion 😀 and it may have influenced my results.

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Questionnaire on the web!

Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Some boring Indian song – sounds a bit like classical music
Topic: Questionnaire

Well … my questionnaire is finally on the web – and I have a list of 101 potential participants. I’ve not sent it out as yet … This morning Donna sent Roland and Kevin links to the questionnaire to pre-test it for me, so hoping to get their feedback soon … So, far only Kevin said he will look at it -hopefully Roland would do the same.

Donna says once they test it, she will tell me – and then we can send it out for the persons. Wow, that reminds me got to make a list of US and Australian persons also. I wish my British list was exhaustive, but when I reached 100 – I called it quits … because had exams coming up. I’m going to set a reminder to do the British and Australian lists on Outlook now – before I forget.

I have the literature review coming up after exams – so got to prepare for that as well as the exams. We’ll see how that goes.

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How to get on top of my work!

Mood:  blue
Now Playing: Tujhe jeevan ki dor se baandh liya hai (Rafi and Lata: Asli Naqli)
Topic: Questionnaire

Well … Donna has sent me back the questionnaire in a web format – I have to go through and correct it – and I have to finish the list of OR lecturers in UK -there is so much work to get done – and I can’t seem to make headway – since I am also trying to get in top of my work for the exams coming up in two weeks -I want to be able to get this off by this week – but wondering if I can do it – just got to work hard I guess … I am going to work on getting that list of OR lecturers – although finishing log-linear analysis looks more important – but I’ll see how I divide my time.

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