Studying Learning: A Quick Guide to Documentation, Reflection, and Analysis

On Friday, I’ll be working with students in the D’Youville School of Pharmacy, who are just beginning to develop habits of documentation, reflection, and qualitative data analysis. The document below will guide our initial conversations. I thought I would share it here, as it provides a quick introduction for those who are doing similar work in a variety of contexts, including K-12 classrooms.

The questions and tools below will support our initial conversations. You can grab a copy directly from Canva and edit it for your own purposes, if you’d like.

We wonder: 

What does studying learning entail?

How will I make learning visible?

How will I capture evidence of learning?

How will I conduct a quality interview?

How will I make meaningful observations?

What role will documents and artifacts fulfill?

How will I engage in purposeful reflection?

How will avoid drowning in data?

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I’m grateful to the following experts in the field, whose expertise continues to inform my own. This work is influencd by their thinking: Jennifer Borgioli Binis, Diane Cunningham, Christopher Johns, Giselle O. Martin-Kniep, Sharan Merriam, Michael Quinn Patton, Joanne Picone-Zocchia

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