ED209 – Week 8

Week 8, on first relationships, has been much more enjoyable than week 7, which was a huge relief. I was particularly struck by Klein’s object-relations theory from the realm of psychoanalytic theory and the conclusions she draws. The idea that a very young baby doesn’t experience whole objects, but instead regards them as part-objects is fascinating. Klein argues that the same object is experienced as a number of part-objects, some of which are ‘good’ (a nipple that gives milk) and some of which are ‘bad’ (a nipple that doesn’t give milk.) She contends that it is only later in the baby’s development (around 4 months of age) that they are able to put ‘wholly good’ part objects together with ‘wholly bad’ ones and realise that they are, in fact, the same object. It is this internal conflict/recognition which causes the baby to experience a ‘sense of loss’ for the first time – the ‘depressive position’. This experience forms the foundation for good relationships later on because we are able to deal with the idea that people are a mixture of ‘good’ and ‘bad’.

It’s fairly easy to criticise this on the basis of ‘where is the empirical evidence to support that this is what is really happening’ and others working in the psychoanalytic tradition (Stern) also criticises some of her assertions, for example, arguing that the ‘splitting’ of objects into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ parts is too complex a process for a very young infant to achieve.

After the dry tedium of chapter 6, this has been much more fun to think about.

This is the final week on book 1 (so only 3 more to go, plus the methods book and focus II and Safari and videos and audio …!)  Next is TMA2, which I’ve started to make some notes on already. And, joy of joys, it’s not an essay question!

TMA01 – Submitted!

Having finished off a draft of my first TMA a couple of weeks ago, it’s only been this evening that I’ve felt happy enough (strong enough?) to pick it up and make a few final revisions. I’m particularly pleased that I’ve changed one paragraph in the essay that just seemed to hang there, without it being connected into the rest of the argument I was trying to make. Having tried to get it right a couple of weeks ago and failing dismally, I think I managed to achieve the effect I wanted in about 20 minutes this evening! The tip that tutors give you about writing an essay, putting it aside for a few days, reviewing it and then submitting it seems to work well for me.

I still struggle with essays, partly I think because what’s needed for PR and journalistic purposes in some aspects of what I do at work is very different. In that case, what’s needed are a number of paragraphs that can stand alone from each other, so that a journalist can choose what to use/ what not to use in their articles. However, at least I have the assistance of an excellent agency at work; no-one has that luxury when writing essays on OU courses!

Differently to DSE212 (at least when I took it in 2007) is that all of the assignments are submitted using the OU’s eTMA system. Which, theoretically at any rate, would have given me until 23:59:59 on the 13th to send my essay in, rather than having to allow a couple of days for the Royal Mail to jump up and down on the envelope, bend it, and send it by Aberdeen and Penzance before arriving at my tutor’s house before the deadline. Well, I never did lose a TMA in the post, but a few people I met at summer school last year had had that kind of experience. But what eTMA does introduce to the process is the uncontrollable urge to log in to the OU website 27 times a day to see if your tutor has marked it. Technology is great at helping me find new ways of wasting my time …

ED209 – Week 7 – Yuk!

Please, please please … say that the chapter on ‘origins of development’ in book 1 is the last one like it on the course. It’s probably the most mind-numbingly dull part of an OU course text I’ve ever read. My notes probably reflect my impatience with it as well. I thought I understood most of this stuff before I started reading it and I’m now no longer sure that I do. Tedious, dry, boring. But mostly tedious.

Still, next week looks more interesting. I couldn’t resist skipping forwards a bit, particularly when the course forums were all a-buzz with talk of the ‘naughty’ word on page 271.

The remainder of this week will consist of a few more tweaks to TMA 1 and setting up various reminders to make sure I remember to submit it before the cut-off date on March 13th.

My twenty books meme

Thinking logically about the last post, it doesn’t really say that much about how widely (or otherwise) I’m read and what my real tastes are. There’s not that many science fiction or humorous books on either list, for example. So below (in no particular order,but grouping the same author together as it reflects my bookshelves) are 20 books I have, love and have probably read lots of times that aren’t on either of the ‘top 100’ lists from the previous post.

1. [x+] A Girl in the Head, J.G. Farrell
2. [x+] The Siege of Krishnapur, J.G. Farrell
3. [x+] The Singapore Grip, J.G. Farrell
4. [x+] Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis
5. [x+] Take a Girl Like You, Kingsley Amis
6. [x+] Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
7. [x+] The Rituals of Infinity, Michael Moorcock
8. [x+] Drop the Dead Donkey 2000, Andy Hamilton and Alistair Beaton
9. [x+] A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson
10. [x+] Down Under, Bill Bryson
11. [x+] 2001 A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke
12. [x+] A Fall of Moondust, Arthur C. Clarke
13. [x+] Red Shift, Alan Garner
14. [x+] High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
15. [x+] Fever Pitch, Nick Hornby
16. [x+] The Benn Diaries, Tony Benn
17. [x+] Brainstorms, Daniel Dennett
18. [x+] Earthsearch, James Follett
19. [x+] The Death of Grass, John Christopher
20. [x+] The Damned United, David Peace

100%! Can anyone else claim the same list?

100 books meme

Apparently the BBC(#) thinks most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

Instructions:
1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ before those you have read.
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total.

How many have you read? Only 11/100 for me …

1. [ ] – The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. [ ] – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. [ ] – His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. [x+ ] – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. [ ] – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. [ ] – To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. [ x] – Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. [x+ ] – Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. [ x] – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. [ ] – Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. [ x] – Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. [ ] – Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. [ ] – Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. [ ] – Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. [ ] – The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. [ ] – The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. [ ] – Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. [ ] – Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. [ x] – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. [ ] – War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. [ ] – Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. [ ] – Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
23. [ ] – Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. [ ] – Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. [ ] – The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. [ ] – Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. [ ] – Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. [ ] – A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. [ ] – The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. [ ] – Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. [ ] – The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. [ ] – One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. [ ] – The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. [ ] – David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. [ ] – Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. [ ] – Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. [ ] – A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. [ ] – Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. [ ] – Dune, Frank Herbert
40. [ ] – Emma, Jane Austen
41. [ ] – Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. [x ] – Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. [ ] – The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. [ ] – The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. [ ] – Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. [x+ ] – Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. [ ] – A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. [ ] – Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. [ ] – Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. [ ] – The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. [ ] – The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. [ ] – Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. [ ] – The Stand, Stephen King
54. [ ] – Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. [ ] – A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. [ ] – The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. [ ] – Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. [ ] – Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. [ ] – Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. [ ] – Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. [ ] – Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. [ ] – Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. [ ] – A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. [ ] – The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. [ ] – Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. [ ] – The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. [ ] – The Magus, John Fowles
68. [ ] – Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. [ ] – Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. [x+ ] – Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. [ ] – Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. [ ] – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. [ ] – Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. [ ] – Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. [x ] – Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
76. [ ] – The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. [ ] – The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. [ ] – Ulysses, James Joyce
79. [ ] – Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. [ ] – Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. [ ] – The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. [ ] – I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. [ ] – Holes, Louis Sachar
84. [ ] – Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. [ ] – The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. [ ] – Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. [ x] – Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. [ ] – Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. [ ] – Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. [ ] – On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. [ ] – The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. [ ] – The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. [ ] – The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. [ ] – The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. [ ] – Katherine, Anya Seton
96. [ ] – Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. [ ] – Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. [ ] – Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. [ ] – The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. [ ] – Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

(#) … or do they? Here’s another one that claims to be a BBC list too – lots of controversy about both, by the looks of things. I do slightly better on this version – 18/100

1. [ ] Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. [ ] The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3. [ ] Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. [ ] Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5. [ ] To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. [x]The Bible
7. [ ] Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8. [x+] Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. [ ] His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10. [ ] Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. [ ] Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12. [ ] Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. [x] Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. [ ] Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. [ ] Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. [] The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. [ ] Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. [ ] Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. [ ] The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. [ ] Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. [ ] Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22. [ ] The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23. [ ] Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24. [ ] War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25. [x+] The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. [ ] Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27. [ ] Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. [ ] Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29. [ ] Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. [ ] The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. [ ] Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. [ ] David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. [x] Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. [ ] Emma – Jane Austen
35. [ ] Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. [x] The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37. [ ] The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38. [x] Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39. [ ] Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. [x] Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41. [x+] Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. [x] The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43. [ ] One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. [ ] A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. [ ] The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. [ ] Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47. [ ] Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. [ ] The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49. [x+] Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50. [ ] Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. [x+] Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52. [ ] Dune – Frank Herbert
53. [ ] Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54. [ ] Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. [ ] A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. [ ] The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. [ ] A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. [x] Brave New World – Aldous Huley
59. [x+] The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. [ ] Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. [ ] Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. [ ] Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63. [ ] The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. [ ] The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. [ ] Count of Monte Cristo – Aleandre Dumas
66. [ ] On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. [ ] Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. [x] Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69. [ ] Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. [ ] Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. [ ] Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. [x] Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. [ ] The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. [x+] Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. [ ] Ulysses – James Joyce
76. [ ] The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77. [ ] Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. [ ] Germinal – Emile Zola
79. [ ] Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. [ ] Possession – AS Byatt
81. [ ] A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82. [ ] Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. [ ] The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. [ ] The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. [ ] Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. [ ] A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. [ ] Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88. [ ] The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89. [ ] Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. [ ] The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91. [ ] Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. [ ] The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Eupery
93. [ ] The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94. [x] Watership Down – Richard Adams
95. [ ] A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. [ ] A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. [ ] The Three Musketeers – Aleandre Dumas
98. [ ] Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99. [ ] Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100. [ ] Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

ED209 – Week 6

Temperament and development seemed endless as a chapter to study – but having flicked forward to next week’s topic (Origins of Development) and its heavy evolutionary and biological slant, I think this chanpter might start to have felt like it was a breeze!

Some of the concepts (individual differences, adult personality types, attachment) are familiar from DSE212, but what is more obvious is the distinction being drawn between temperament and personality – and how childhood temperament affects the development of personality.

The four temperament theories compared and contrasted towards the end of the chapter (Thomas & Chess; Buss & Plomin; Kagan and Dunn & Kendrick) look as if they could form the heart of an exam question, so I’ve paid particular attention to them and tried to get their differences of approach / emphasis straight in my notes for this week.

The Damned United

I’ve just come across the trailer for the film of David Peace’s book “The Damned United”, which was the most memorable book I read last summer. While the portrayal of Brian Clough in the book (and presumably in the film too) has provoked criticism in Derby, I’m certainly looking forward to seeing it, because if nothing else the book was a well written piece of fiction. Or fact. Or faction perhaps?

Clearing out the attic

A couple of years ago, before I got embroiled in the madness that is OU study, I rescued a Compukit UK101 off ebay for about £60 and painstakingly found the parts and re-learnt soldering to make it work properly again. I came across it in the attic again a couple of days ago and when I get a few moments, I’m going to see if it still works.

Three photographs of mine (taken after it had been restored) are below:

My UK 101, complete with 1970's Black and White Television

My UK 101, complete with 1970’s Black and White Television

Inside my UK 101 - the TV modulator and smoothing capacitor in the top right hand corner are 2007 replacements, along with some of the 2114 RAM chips below them

Inside my UK 101 – the TV modulator and smoothing capacitor in the top right hand corner are 2007 replacements, along with some of the 2114 RAM chips below them

The UK101 Character Set

The UK101 Character Set

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