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Apples for the absent teacher?

Understanding the transaction space between teacher and learner

This wiki supports my PhD project which aims to describe how teachers and learners transact in the process of teaching and learning. I am particularly interested in how learners respond to the absence of some significant aspect of their teacher. The project itself was prompted by my own use of the Cambridge Tutorial in supporting struggling students. This method produced some interesting results which made me want to better understand the relationship between "teacher" and "learner". I use quotes here because these two roles each have a range of attributes and characteristics, all of which may be variables in the dynamics and interactions between them. This becomes even more interesting when one or more of the players is not a human being.

...there is a knife moving here. A very deadly one; an intellectual scalpel so swift and so sharp you sometimes don’t see it moving.
—Pirsig, R. M. (1984), Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance: an inquiry into values, Harper-Torch.

This site

I set up this wiki space to allow me to keep a searchable record of things I do, useful resources, and to help me to be organised but on advice I have taken much of the content offline to protect my original work and thesis. There is no facility for readers of this site to interact with it. This is deliberate: focus is the key and this has to be my own work, but if you really want to comment or ask me anything, please do so using the contact form over at my personal blog.

Nick (talk) 17:45, 2 January 2017 (UTC)


The wiki site is structured around two main categories, Workflow and Development. Within the Workflow category are old research plans, a page on resources, a timeline and things like my calendar of PhD related events and activities. In Development there are pages related to my own professional and academic development including CPD, courses, meetings with supervisors and other people.