Relagram

Relagram is an analysis method that describes your relation to your own work at present time and in the future.

Relagram (will be available in fall 2023)

Relagram is an analysis method that describes your relation to your own work at present time and in the future.

In the analysis you will name and list the work tasks you experience that you work with. You do not start from any given job description, but from your own understanding of what you are doing in your work. You list the work tasks you are carrying out in your daily work.

The work tasks you have listed you will group into work areas that you give your own names. Then you will rank the work areas concerning your satisfaction, extent of work and development need.

The satisfaction is about how content you are with the work and how rewarding you find it to be. The extent is about the time and/or effort you put into the work. The development need is about your experience of need of development in your work.

When you have completed those steps, you will do the same for a future work that you are expecting or wanting to have.

The analysis

The analysis includes comparisons between the work areas. Several different comparisons can be made and in different ways. One possible result, which is however rather unexpected, is that a work area is given the highest rank in all three aspects, that is in satisfaction, extent, and development need. That would mean that you have one work area that you are most satisfied with, give most time and/or effort to and in which you have most need of development.

A more probable result is that work areas are differently ranked for satisfaction, extent, and development need. One work area for instance can be lowest in satisfaction, highest in extent and with low development need. Another work area can be the most satisfactory with middle range extent and rather low development need.

Thus, one can compare work areas concerning the different aspects and pay most attention to and reflect on the aspect you find most important to stress in your actual situation. You may, for example, be in a phase of development in your work where your need of development is most important to pay attention to.

May be most important is to compare the results for present and future time and analyse the similarities and differences between present time work and future work and consider what those mean to you. What do you have to do now and further on to prepare for and/or achieve wanted change and development. Maybe it would be best with a radical change, possibly a totally new work.

The scientific background of Relagram

The Relagram method and the way to analyse the answers have their background in a research tradition called phenomenography, directed to describing how peopled experience and relate to different phenomena – in this case the own work. Phenomenography was developed with a start 1970 by Ference Marton, Lennart Svensson and colleagues at Gothenburg university, and has been spread and developed nationally and internationally. Many research projects and PhD works now have been carried out within this research orientation. Characteristic of the research orientation is that it as a fundamental and central part has descriptions of peoples qualitatively different conceptions of the same phenomenon. There is an extensive research literature about the carried out phenomenographic research. Some foundational and summarizing descriptions of phenomenography are given by Marton (1981 and 2015) and by Svensson (1997).

Relagram also has its background in a research methodology and research approach called contextual analysis, which is directed to creating knowledge about phenomena, in this case relations to work, through discerning main parts and their interrelations as dependent on their contexts. Characteristic of the methodology is that it is analytic through a distinct delimitation of knowledge objects and their main parts and relations between parts within the studied objects. It is at the same time contextual through making the delimitation of and establishing of the meaning of the objects, their parts and relations between those, in a mutually interdependent interpretive way. The methodology is comprehensively described by Svensson (2021). In the Relagram method the analysis is about experiencing and relating to the own work.

References

  • Marton. F. (1981). Phenomenography – Describing conceptions of the world around us. Instructional Science, 10, 177-200.
  • Marton, F. (2015). Necessary Conditions of Learning. New York: Routledge.
  • Svensson, L. (1997). Theoretical foundations of phenomenography. Higher Education Research & Development, 16(2), 159-171.
  • Svensson, L. (2021). Contextual analysis. A research methodology and research approach. Göteborg: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis. (http://hdl.handle.net/2077/66730).