Crossing the Theory-Practice Divide

Crossing the Theory-Practice Divide

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Theme 5. Organisational Skills: Planning and Team work

Audio 4. Reflection by the Ned Doc Style student-author on the importance of planning.

The audio clip above illustrates how crucial planning was for the projects. The Ned Doc Style team consisted of just two students, and the collaboration was mostly smooth as the division of tasks went ‘naturally.’1 Team members discussed their plans regularly, were aware of each other’s activities, and exchanged roles and tasks in order ‘to not get stuck.’2 They relied on a firm schedule, adjusting it when needed to make sure they could execute and finish their project, ‘… while the amount of work could easily have be designated to four people.’3

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Figure 8. Planning work at EYE study collection centre in Amsterdam for Ned Doc Style.

For the Detective Brouwer team, the project proved a major exercise in teamwork and collaboration. The collaboration, in general, was smooth and careful: for instance, the team met for pre-production on location in order to test for shooting the next week. During filming, due to the setup on location, one member more or less took over the role of another, which caused some confusion. The latter decided to not address this immediately in order to not disrupt the process. In the evening, the team sat down for a ‘healthy discussion’ to find a solution.4 As a result, they re-allocated duties. Members reported appreciating the possibility of communicating openly and address and discuss issues in the team. The student-author involved related this explicitly to filmmaking and life, in general:

Audio 5. Reflection by the Ned Doc Style student-author on the importance of open communication.5

As their project did not involve film production, the Nederhop team members each had different tasks, which they worked on at home. A clear overview of what everyone was doing was needed in order to obtain a coherent end product. The same was true for the EDMOP team. It consisted of students with different studies, backgrounds, knowledge, and experiences. This led to some anxiety about sharing tasks. Geographical dispersion during the holidays caused communication to go somewhat awry. Team members stated that clear and open communication, as well as honest feedback about a person’s work or workflow, was essential for a functional group.6

As the above shows, through the collaborative production of film and research, students learned how important it is to address communication problems and be on the same page. They practiced their organisational skills, as well, which was part of their epistemic practice.

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