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he word count for this task is 1200 words. We are not going to count your words. This is a guide. We suggest about 400 words for the case – this lets you write a story with a bit of complexity. Then, we suggest 800 words for the commentary, which means about 3 paragraphs of 250 words each or 4 paragraphs of 200 words each. This is just to provide you with something concrete to work with – don’t stress if it doesn’t fall out this way for you. However, if your case is 200 words long, it’s probably too short; if your commentary is 500 words long, it’s probably too short. If your commentary is 2000 words long it might be awesome but we don’t really want to read that much.
Below is some guidance for writing your case and commentary.
The case (about 400 words):
This is a story. It should be told in first person. You might be a participant in the action or you might be an observer.
Intro: set the scene. Try to do this in an interesting way. For example, ‘this case is about an incident I observed when I was in year 12 at school’ is not very interesting. However, ‘It was a day like any other when I entered our Year 12 classroom’ is much more interesting as an opening.
Think about the information your reader needs:
Who are the main participants?
What is the physical/emotional context?
What is your role in this?
Main part of the story: this is where the critical incident happens. It’s really important that you find a moment that you can talk about in the commentary. You can do this by asking a question of the incident/situation as you are describing it. For example: ‘I turned around to see Sally slap another child across the face. No wonder none of the other children wanted to play with her. I wondered why she had done that’. You could probably tell a very long story of Sally’s misdemeanors – but a list of annoyances doesn’t add up to a case. However, if you focus in on that moment it gives you something very specific to talk about. Avoid telling a big story – e.g. at school I never felt like I belonged. There were always other students who were more popular etc. You could go on in that vein for quite a long time, but as a case it will be much more effective if you choose an incident connected to this experience – e.g. a single incidence of being excluded - that you can talk about.
Your story needs to pack emotional punch. You need to let the reader see how you feel about this. This can be quite subtle – e.g. in the way you describe things – or it can be explicit - e.g. by stating up front how you felt. Either way can be effective. This is another reason why specific incidences work better – because they give you the chance to capture and convey the emotion.
Conclusion: End your story with something for the reader to ponder. This might be a question: ‘why did it happen like that?’ Or, it might be an implicit question: ‘Harold came back into the room and we all went on as we had before….’
The Commentary (about 800 words):
This is written in an academic style. However, it may be easiest to continue to write in first person, and that is fine – you are the researcher in this context, and so what you think, and the ideas, experiences and prejudices you bring to the situation are significant. Your feelings from the case drive the commentary – they should prompt you to ask: why do I feel this way?
Intro: Identify the main feelings you have at the end of the story, and the main ideas you think need to be explored in this situation. For example: ‘I felt quite amazed at Billy’s behavior and somewhat bemused by the response of the teacher. This made me think about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Piaget’s developmental learning and Dweck’s work on growth mindsets.’
Main paragraph: connect one of the learning theories to what has occurred. Use it to explain what happened and to help you develop a theory that explains what you saw/participated in.
Second main paragraph: connect another theory.
Third main paragraph: connect another theory. It’s okay for your main paragraphs here contradict each other or seem to be at odds. What you are doing here is seeking to explore what happened, to come up with some ideas to either stop it happening again, or to embrace it happening again. You are seeking understanding by exploring different ideas.
Concluding paragraph: If these theories conflict, which do you think is the most likely to be relevant? If they are complimentary, identify the ways they interrelate. Suggest ways that applying these theories might change/improve the situation. It may also be possible to consider this in a wider context – the ‘imagine’ part of Praxis Inquiry: how might this knowledge impact on my behavior as a teacher? But if this is too hard for the current circumstance, you can leave it out.
the case adf commentary should be in school or Université setting and talk about theroys alot
appropriate use of standard Australian English (grammar, punctuation, spelling)
appropriate use of academic language
demonstration of reflection on the story
evidence of presenting a crafted story – e.g. effective use of descriptive and/or metaphoric language, clear narrative line, evidence of the use of writing strategies
commentary effectively contextualises the story
Make sure your list is alphabetical.
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he word count for this task is 1200 words. We are not going to count your words. This is a guide. We suggest about 400 words for the case – this lets you write a story with a bit of complexity. Then, we suggest 800 words for the commentary, which means about 3 paragraphs of 250 words each or 4 paragraphs of 200 words each.