Friday, August 31, 2007

Finished thesis

Well it is a big day today.
I have finally completed my thesis for my Masters Degree. It is now finally completely complete. I just have to get it to the printer and get it bound etc. The title of my thesis is "Wise Women's Web: Rural midwives communities of practice". I interviewed midwives in focus groups from around the South island of New Zealand and made some interesting discoveries about how midiwives inform practice in a rural setting.

I am now interest in finding tools that might help midwives get together with other midwives to share practice experience. I think the internet might have a role to play for some midwives, although there is nothing like getting together over a cup of tea and having a good old chat. Can the internet ever come close to this type of networking and sharing and if so how? How can online information sharing be a useful and valuable tool and still maintain confidentiality? How can midwives share pracitice experience and seek advice in a learning environment while keeping themselves professionally safe.

These are questions I need to continue to ponder.


Sarah Stewart said...

This looks good, Carolyn. I love the green background-it feels really soothing. I always disliked green but as I get older, it appeals more and more to me - now why's that? It looks as if you and I are very in tune with our interests, and I think your suggestion for a book is one we should work on. Getting these tools up and running, like the blog and wiki will help provide material, as a sort of mini research project. I'll email you the article I wrote you for the NZCOM Journal-not sure if I can post it on my blog yet because of copyright.

Merrolee said...

Hi Carolyn
Leigh has just pointed me to your blog - the issues you raise regarding communities of practice and OT's are ones that are very very familiar to me. some of my blog postings on you might find useful to stimulate your thought. You might also like to leave a posting.. or we could just get together for that cup of tea! At the moment I'm 3/4 the way through an article for our OT Newsletter on how we might use blogs as a form of supervision, delicious for sharing of resources etc. I could send you this when I have it published???

Debra Ragland said...

How the thesis day did go? Well, from the sound of your post, it was certainly an excited one. And it is good that your thesis revolves around great role of women. It is rare to paper about role of women, and your thesis help to enlighten people about them. Anyway, did you publish your paper online?

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