Anxious Attachment

I discovered that I fall under the anxious attachment category, and the person I like is avoidant. It has been a roller coaster ride. I end up fighting with him every few days because of his lack of attention. This has created problems for both of us.

However, I will not give up, and I will work on my insecurities. I don’t believe in giving up just because it is hard to deal with that person. I am to be blamed as well for my insecurities. I am clingy, I like to communicate all the time, and he is the opposite.

I am working on myself.

Away

Unfortunately, I have not been able to update due to some personal issues. I am working on them and hope to be back soon.

 

Goal for Week Two -Day 3

The goal for Day 3 is to read an article that will serve as a model for writing my own article and then write down what I learned by reading the article. I will be pretty occupied tomorrow but will see if I can manage to fit in my schedule. I have to dedicate 30 minutes at least. That’s my goal.

 

A Revised Abstract

Since I had a bit more time to work, I decided to revise my abstract. The mistakes I made were:

  • Not including the keywords
  • I wrote as “the purpose of this study was to examine” which is wrong unless you are writing for grants, so I changed it to ” This study presents the results of the effects of mobile jigsaw II activities on teamwork competency.”
  • Plus some changes in the structure of the sentences
  • Any suggestions or feedback would be highly appreciated

Revised Abstract

Effects of Mobile Jigsaw II on Teamwork Competency

ABSTRACT

Teamwork competency is crucial for the 21st-century workforce. The importance of teamwork is repeatedly emphasised in numerous reports both from developed and developing countries. It has been suggested that mobile computer supported collaborative learning could foster teamwork. However, limited studies had examined the effects of mobile computer supported collaborative learning by applying structured collaborative learning strategies such as jigsaw II activities. This study presents the results of the effects of mobile jigsaw II activities on teamwork competency. A quasi-experimental design was employed with a sample of 94 students enrolled in a mandatory ‘Building Career Skills’ (level one) course in the vocational education centre in Sri Lanka. The study found that the experimental group had a higher perception of their communication, decision making and adaptability skills than the two comparison groups, indicating that the intervention would have likely made a difference in three areas: communication, adaptability and decision making. However, the findings did not indicate any differences among the three groups in the leadership, coordination and interpersonal skills dimension. These findings suggest that factors such as mobility, flexibility, instant access, peer feedback and social space may promote teamwork competency and factors such as lack of social interactions, intervention duration, group size, social skills and device distractions may explain some variances in the learning outcomes.

Keywords: Mobile collaborative learning, teamwork, jigsaw II, Quasi-experimental design

 

Week Two – Day 2

Drafting the Abstract

I was a bit busy and I couldn’t spend much time on the abstract. However, I managed to draft one within 30 minutes because I had all the sources. It is not a perfect draft. I will have to revise but I am happy that I managed to write one. An imperfect draft is better than zero draft. Below is the sample of my first draft.

Remember you can always edit a messy draft but you can’t edit a zero draft.

 

Effects of Mobile Jigsaw II on Teamwork Competency

ABSTRACT

Teamwork competency is crucial for the 21st-century workforce. The importance of teamwork is repeatedly emphasised in numerous reports both from developed and developing countries. In Sri Lanka too, employers are consistently looking for teamwork competency.

It had been suggested that mobile computer supported collaborative learning could foster teamwork. However, limited studies had examined the effects of mobile computer supported collaborative learning by applying structured collaborative learning strategies such as jigsaw II activities. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of mobile jigsaw II activities on teamwork competency in a TVET in Sri Lanka. A quasi-experimental design was employed with a sample of 94 students enrolled in a mandatory ‘Building Career Skills’ (level one) course. The findings indicated that the students of mobile jigsaw II group had a higher perception of their communication, decision making and adaptability skills than the two other groups, indicating that the intervention would have likely made a difference in three areas: communication, adaptability and decision making. However, the findings did not indicate any differences among the three groups in the leadership, coordination and interpersonal skills dimension of TSQ. This study concludes by arguing that it has contributed to understanding ways in which factors such as mobility, flexibility, instant access, peer feedback and social space could promote teamwork competency. Also, factors such as lack of social interactions, intervention duration, group size, social skills and device distractions can explain some variances in the learning outcomes.

Weak Two – Day 1

Drafting an abstract

The first task is to write an abstract and share it with someone to get their feedback.

My current research focuses on three variables: Teamwork, language performance and language anxiety.

I am planning to write a journal article focusing on one variable to make it less complicated.

I will start writing the abstract tomorrow morning. Let’s see how it goes. Will update tomorrow.

 

Goal was to submit the first draft in six months

My goal was to submit the first complete draft in six months. Below is the timetable I set for my self. You can download one from https://www.ithinkwell.com.au/

I am proud to say that I achieved my goal and submitted the first draft on the 26th of August to my supervisors.

I had given only one week to results (findings) chapter as I began writing during the data analysis stage. Hence, there were only cosmetics changes.

How I managed to submit within six months

I decided to go to university every single day (including weekends). First thing I would do is set my goals for the day. I had a goal to write a minimum of 500 words. Somedays I achieved somedays I didn’t. 1000 words turned into 10,000, and 10,000 words turned into 75,000 words. There were days where I was not motivated to write, but I pushed myself so that I could visit my family as soon as possible. After six months of hard work, I am finally flying home on the 5th of Sept.

For those who are struggling

Think of your end goal. It could be starting a new career, could be starting a new life with your partner or to visit your loved ones. These end goals do help.

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