I hope you are well.
I wanted to offer a reflection of a session I had this morning in which a Childhood Studies student came to me with a task I had never encountered before.
I am particularly interested in what you would have done in the same situation, so please do feel welcome to leave your thoughts and comments below.
The task was to create a 1000 word ‘vignette’ and then a 2000 word annotation of the ‘vignette’.
The material I (or rather we!) had to work with consisted of two case studies outlining two childrens’ childhoods. There was no accompanying task sheet, just the above statement in her notebook.
I asked the student if there was a task sheet or PowerPoint slide available that we could refer to, but she said there wasn’t.
Not knowing what a vignette was (and Google not offering much help either) I was truly stumped, and found myself almost guessing what she had to do. I guessed that she needed to write an assumption of how the children in the case studies’ future would turn out, and then the annotation would consist of research to back this up.
However, terrified of setting her off on the wrong foot, I advised that she went and saw her tutor to clarify what she needed to do.
My heart really went out to the student and I felt like I hadn’t helped at all in – what turned out to be – a very short session.
Can anybody offer some enlightenment on writing a vignette in an academic context?