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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Paper - draft: Threshold Concepts and Hodges' model [i]

I've returned again to this draft paper on Threshold Concepts and reading through I feel rather embarrassed that three years and then about 18 months ago I believed it was in advanced draft stage. Far from it I realise now. After much revision the working title and abstract now read:

Exploring the relationship of Threshold Concepts and
Hodges’ model of care through Deprivation of Liberty

    Abstract
Threshold concepts [TC] are an established topic of research in education and health care. The primary aim of this paper is to explore the relationship and utility of TCs to inform the study of a conceptual framework known as Hodges’ model. After introducing Hodges' model definitions of threshold and concept(s) are provided. Thresholds are explored from a general, through to scientific and health perspectives. The features of TCs are shared from source with an explanation of TCs that includes further sources for critique. The TC literature is outlined in brief across education and health and related to Hodges' model. This relationship building exercise is supported by care concepts drawn from the author's clinical experience. To illustrate, these care concepts and TCs from the literature cited are mapped in figures to Hodges' model. The paper contributes a tentative proposal for compound threshold concepts using 'Deprivation of Liberty' as an example from nursing and social care practice. Closing with future plans, the paper as a whole will act as an introduction for readers new to TCs and Hodges’ model. 
(updated 13/07/2017)

From 7000+ words down to 5600 including 52 references. I'm working on a proposal for there being compound threshold concepts using the example of deprivation of liberty.

A question for you ... is a text-based 2 x 2 table a figure? This is to illustrate Hodges' model as I have here on W2tQ. If the draft makes it to a journal then the guidance there or editor will no doubt resolve the matter. Of the figures, the first is rather obvious. Figure 2 presents selected general, health and nursing related thresholds and threshold concepts mapped to Hodges' model. These include the examples of TCs from the literature that I have cited and others encountered in practice. I am not sure about - Table 2: "The features of TCs as structures towards a conceptual gestalt".

Figure 3 adopts the same (usual) 2 x 2 approach on Deprivation of Liberty. It seems feasible to then draw out the multidimensionality and interrelated continua (Hornberger, 1989) of DoL. In the figure, as it stands, there are three care concepts (characteristics, issues, problems...) per care domain. The figure presents these as text, but draws on Hornberger (1989) and many other sources that adopt a 3D axial construct. This prompts the thought that the utility of Hodges' model is that it facilitates isolation and articulation of what must be viewed as a compound threshold concepts.

If nothing else the draft is healthier, I'll expand a little more tomorrow.

Hornberger, N. (1989) Continua of Biliteracy. Review of Educational Research, 59(3), 271-296.

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