A friend of mine told me of a book she read about the experience of writing a thesis. It talked about mountains, valleys and forests, all in the context of getting lost or feeling like you can't go on during specific parts of your journey.
I just stepped out of a forrest, after traveling through a valley. I am aware of the mountain in front of me but at the moment it just looks pretty (as we say in Iceland: "Fjarlægðin gerir fjöllin blá"). But enough about scenery - let's talk thesis.
In the past weeks I've been busy trying to fill in the gaps about my targeted audience; social studies teachers in grades 8-10 in Iceland. I sent out a survey and as I'm writing this, 28 people have responded. I of course hope to have more responses but I do have a pattern emerging. Some of the questions are giving me the answers I was anticipating, others are surprising me (but in a good way).
My design might change, but I have decided on focusing on a learning platform where social studies teachers will be able to share notes, comments, ideas and outside links about a specific topic or chapter in a book. The social learning community will be a big part of my design, as many social studies teachers claim they are not part of a learning community in relation to Social Studies.
In terms of content I will use the ideas of Historical Thinking to bring a new idea of Social Studies education to the teachers, but the goal is to do so through an 'under the radar' approach. More on that later...