A week before the school closes for its Mid First Semester 1 holidays, my skull cracked – metaphorically, of course. First, I had to be the spokesperson for the “Communication Research Methods” group work on “Grounded Theory” and I also had to supervise the flow of Science Panel Day a.k.a. “Hari Panitia Sains” as my first event under my helm as the new SK Serendah Head of Science Panel 2014!
For me, it is still surreal for a Microbiology degree holder to purse a masters’ degree in Corporate Communications. But am loving it!
Professor Madya Muati @ Zamri who has been teaching my “Communication Research Methods” class assigned us with group work. An approximately of 8-9 people were allocated in a group; with two titles to be presented, and naturally two spokesperson would be elected from each group to present the two topics. So happened that my group was assigned with two topics :-
- “Grounded Theory”; and
- “Content Analysis”
Our slide show print-ups!
So when we were asked to discuss, it was agreed that 4 of us would be doing “Grounded Theory” including Yours Truly and 4-5 others would be focusing on “Content Analysis”. My group consisted of myself, Ajie, Ley and Umar whereas the other group was e entrusted to Jojo and others. For my group, we agreed that the following week, we were to meet up and finalize the slide show and information. So, the following week, turned out that only me, Ajie and Ley came whereas Umar was a no-case – until the end! We paid no heed and discussed together. But at the same time, we were a bit scared because we didn’t know what happen to the other group (were they having discussion as well or not?) as we didn’t want to be held responsible for the negligence of other group although we were of the same group! And to hear that Prof Madya Muati is somewhat a strict person also added the worrisome (although in class, he cracks great jokes as he is an expertise in Rhetorical Method!).
Coding Level Pyramid in Grounded Theory.
I could say that my group members, Ajie and Ley were very committed. Sometimes we always had the pre-conceived notions that men are generally lazy but looking at them really humbled me. Both are married and quite elderly but both were very committed despite their English grasp were somewhat brittle. It really taught me that never underestimate people from the facade, as others are learning about my childlike facade to be awed whenever I open my mouth to siphon my thoughts.
The difference between classic research method and Grounded Theory method.
So happened that when Ajie contacted Jojo, we learned that the other group did not do ANYTHING and it was on Jojo’s initiative to come up with own slide show and presentation! Jojo is a marketing officer of Maybelline and from the outside, you see her as this Korean-like Kawaii girl with make ups and all but you can see the seriousness and business-like persona once she delivered her points. Again, never underestimate people.
So on the Wednesday, 18th March, I presented the “Grounded Theory” whereas Jojo presented “Content Analysis”. I felt great that most of coursemates said they understood the most when it came to my presentation (I didn’t know for sure, though!) and I felt empowered to present the topic as practice for me for more upcoming presentations!
Like a tip of the iceberg, “Grounded Theory” is analogous to it. The tip represent only 1/7 of the whole amount of the iceberg, The other 6/7? Grounded or embedded underneath the water surface. So what you have to do to uncover it? Dig it! (,”)
Now, you guys might wonder what is “Grounded Theory”, right? A bit of a teaser here – “Grounded Theory” is a communication research method that differs from the other cliche and classic communication research methods. “Grounded Theory” usually used by a researcher to create a new theory, a revolutionized version of existing theories or even a totally new theory. When others usually built up from a Research Questions and hypotheses, “Grounded Theory” begins with data sampling via interviews, etc and gradually with data coding and interpretations, the researcher begins to concoct his/her own Theoretical Codes that could summarize the nature of the researched issue in question. In short, “Grounded Theory” is an embedded theory and researcher would have to unveil it layer by layer like an onion to discover the Theoretical Codes.
Science Panel for 2014, including Kak Asliza Wahab who went off early. Thanks to the teachers.
So, done with Wednesday. At the same time as the new Head of Science Panel in my school, I had to come out with a Science Panel Day or “Hari Panitia Sains” as other panels had already did theirs! Since the Headmaster was a no-case in school due to him performing “Umrah”, I thought of seizing the opportunity to do it before he comes back, that is before the school holiday commences! So little time!
As a greenhorn, there were so many things I don’t know and with limited time, it was a helter-skelter scenario for me. I held a brief meeting on Wednesday as on Thursday, we were about to host the Science Panel Day. It was going to be just a simple event and no fancy launching; simply fit for documentation purpose, and with meagre financial aid from the school, the magic words would be :-
“Pandai-Pandai Cikgu lah…”
Initially, I thought of just conducting in-classes activities but after hearing ideas from colleagues, I thought it was nice to do a few experiment demonstrations stations during recess. So, the tentative would be :-
- Story-telling on Water Cycle a.k.a. “Aku Setitis Air” via PA System at 7.40 a.m.;
- Activities in classes (8.10 a.m. – 9.10 a.m.) with Year 4 – Drawing Breathing Organs of Animals; Year 5 – Rearrange The Scientific Glossaries & Year 6 – Crossword Puzzles & Quizzes;
- 4 Experiment Stations During Recess – Testing Acidic & Alkaline Substances, Fishing Ice Cubes With Thread, Converting Potential Energy to Kinetic Energy & Lifting Bottles Of Rice;
- Information Finale on Constellations via PA System at 10.40 a.m.
Alhamdulillah, the event was a success without major glitches although I have to say I was tired of supervising the whole event. Well, that is what Head of Panel does, so they said.
And it was nice that colleagues helped to manouevre the stations during recess although there were some who paraded “cockiness” and “full of demand” since they know well on how to conduct the experiments at the stations. I had to say I was a bit annoyed, offended and hurt and quite agog to see that kind of attitude because before this I never see it coming. It was apparent since Wednesday evening after the meeting that suddenly I felt so sad that I cried in front of Kak Wahida, my Head of English Panel and fellow English teacher, Kak Halina. I didn’t know, maybe because I was so stressed with the Science Panel Day, and my Masters’ Degree presentation and also the recent filing evaluation of each Panels of respective subjects by PPD; that I became so extra-sensitive.
I was quite appalled by the “snobbish” attitude shown by a few of my colleagues! The superseniors are OK and they respected me and obliged with whatever ideas BUT shockingly, the semi-seniors were a bit of “demanding”. I didn’t know, perhaps the idea of that they could be better leader given the fact of that they are more senior than me or capable of siphoning out unique and innovative experiment-based activities, eclipses their sensitivities. But this time, I choose not to reveal my angst. It teaches me a lot of things in evaluating the characters of my colleagues.
You know, if I open my mouth to retaliate, some people will be hurt as my words can be very lethal (given past experience with a colleague who happened to be the reason for this emotional hullabaloo; that is why I choose not to throw any acidic comments for this). So this time around, I will embed the volcano. Be careful.
But whatever it is, Alhamdulillah. Everything is settled.