I have been working, in recent weeks, with two groups of postgraduate students working on research proposals. These workshops were planned specifically to assist these students with clarifying their research problem, research questions and potential argument. This is turning out to be a little tougher than I thought it would be. There seem, right now, … Continue reading Research problems: too big, too small or just right?
This is a post particularly for those in the social sciences and humanities who may be doing a form of ethnographic research within the context in which they work or study - in other words, doing 'insider research' to use Paul Trowler's term. Researching a context with which one is intimately familiar and in which one … Continue reading Researching your own ‘backyard’: on bias and ethical dilemmas
Recently I read a post on one of my favourite blogs written by Susan Carter on managing emotion in doctoral supervision, and in doctoral writing. What stood out for me were her comments on managing emotions around producing written work for comment and feedback. She comments that she no longer gets emotional about her writing; as an … Continue reading Slogging away, slouching and sailing: developing a research work ethic
In my other work life, when I am not being a writer at home with my cats and endless cups of tea, I run workshops with academic lecturers and students, mostly focused on academic writing and research. Recently, I spent a productive day with an academic department at my former university helping them think about … Continue reading Building ‘researcher resilience’
I have been thinking a great deal lately about theory, and the role it has to play in research. There are a couple of contexts in which this thinking has been taking place: I reviewed a paper recently that didn't quite hang together, and after a second reading I worked out that I was missing the … Continue reading Concepts and theory: constructing a ‘gaze’ for your study