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Cosmologies of Selection: Lessons from the faculty biscuit tin

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Abstract

We conducted an ethnography of the faculty biscuit tin as we were interested in the lived experience of the biscuits contained within it. We used a constructivist epistemology, a social constructionist interpretive framework and a phenomenological methodology that included analysis from the perspectives of deixis and cosmology. The biscuits perceived that they were important to a selecting force and that the characteristics of one particular group had a specific value to the selector. Some enduring benefits may derive from the selection of this group, although its attractions were less immediately obvious than those of others. What is immediately attractive may not be the most fit for purpose; lessons for the selection of medical students may arise from this exploration of the selection experiences of biscuits in a faculty biscuit tin.

Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2016
Publication Date Nov 22, 2016
Journal Medical Education
Print ISSN 0308-0110
Publisher Wiley
Pages 1233-1236
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/medu.13092
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/medu.13092

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