Johannes Cronje lends a helping hand and the horrors of bureaucracy

My colleague Nicola Pallit shared this link with our digimob research group:

It is always helpful to hear about other people’s PhD journeys, and especially for myself, co-habiting with computer scientists who are already 10 steps ahead in terms of developing their applications I can become quite stressed out when having to buckle down and actually produce some of the expected PhD artefacts. Any form of tried and tested structure is welcome!

Most stressful of all, at this stage, is my increasing archive of schools on the waiting list as field sites.  After today, and another ten calls to various administrators and headmasters and secretaries, I am just about ready to throw in the towel. Especially now that I’ve decided that I’m perhaps going in a completely different direction with my research: limiting its scope to those who are interested in pursuing a career in the arts.

I understand that the schools I have approached thusfar are catering to resource-constrained kids and are overrun with issues that need more attention than accommodating my research needs. I guess ethically it does need some consideration: If I am in the position where these schools feel as if they are doing me a massive favour, and I am just in the way, then perhaps I shouldn’t be there in the first place.  Although I see the value of my role in these learners’ lives, these headmasters and teachers have seen enough to realise that it is perhaps not as straight forward as I imagine it to be.


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