Back to uni

On Monday 12th November I started my 2nd Masters degree. I’ve enrolled in the Master of Education (Educational Research) at Charles Sturt University (CSU) and I’m looking forward to significantly improving my research skills. The reason for doing this degree is so that, should I still want to, I will be able to apply to start a PhD at CSU in 2020. Crazy right? But, if you knew me you’d understand = I just love learning.

Thanks to my Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), I have received recognised prior learning (RPL) credit and will therefore be completing the following courses over the next 3 semesters:

Semester 3 2018/2019:

  • Education as a Profession in the 21st Century (EER504)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (EER501)

Semester 1 2019:

  • Quantitative Research Methods (EER502)
  • Start Master of Education Project (ERP502)

Semester 2 2019

  • Finish Master of Education Project (ERP502)

As you can see, I’ve got quite a bit of work to do over the upcoming Christmas holidays, but I am excited to get started. I’ve been thinking about going back to university (uni) for a while now; if I’m being honest with myself, I’ve been thinking about going back since I finished in 2015… However, I’ve had trouble finding the degree that really fits with my career and improving myself as an educator, that is until now!

So, why am I going back for research? Well, Helen Stower, Program Leader of the iCentre and my wonderful colleague, recently made the point that Teacher Librarians (TLs) currently don’t have any way of collecting data and proving their worth. This didn’t sit well with me so I’ve decided to do something about it. I’m hoping that by completing a research masters I will have the necessary skills to help prove the value of my role in schools and provide support to my fellow TLs around the world fighting for their positions too. I’m passionate about this and that’s what will get me through to hopefully applying for a PhD in 2020. My husband calls me crazy for taking on such a mammoth task but he can so clearly see how passionate I am about this and is 100% behind me.

There is also the added benefit of keeping my mind active. In 2018 I have taken on lots of different projects, both big and small, to keep me busy. After the craziness that has been this year and all that I’ve achieved, I had made the decision before Term 4 started that I would step back a little next year. This is not to say that I will be doing nothing! It just means that I’m going to learn to prioritise certain things and take on less. By having uni to occupy my time, I’ll be forced to really think about the way I use my time.

Finally, I’m really looking forward to learning formally again. There’ something about uni that really calls to me and I can’t wait to get started. Hopefully I still feel the same when my first assignment is handed in on Friday 30th November!

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