If you have spent any time reading advice or ‘how to’ books on writing a thesis at any level, you will almost certainly have come across some version of this concept: the ‘knowledge gap’. And you will likely have been told that you have to create a research project or study that will find knowledge … Continue reading Contributions to knowledge and the ‘knowledge gap’
I have been silent for far too long in this space, my creativity stifled by fatigue and channeled into other writing - book chapters, course outlines, lecture notes and far too many emails. I have been thinking a lot about 'fitness' for research, as I have been feeling terribly out of shape, and I am … Continue reading PhD workout: getting ‘reading fit’
Literature review sections of a paper or thesis are a tricky beast, to be sure. In my writing workshops, and face-to-face work with writers and their texts, this section, next to 'theory and analysis' presents the greatest challenge. This stems, in large part, from a struggle to marry what other authors are saying with what … Continue reading Writing a literature review in your own ‘voice’
I facilitated a writing retreat last week, and in the course of a one-on-one consultation I mentioned how useful The Conversation would be as a resource for a writer's developing paper. He had no idea what I was talking about. So, we looked it up and he was really excited at having shorter, but well-regarded … Continue reading New academic wikipedias? On finding cool, accessible reading and resources
This post reflects on the affordances and challenges of creating an annotated bibliography as a way in to scoping your field, and drafting your literature review, whether for a paper or a postgraduate thesis. I am working on a project with 3 colleagues at the moment, the first part of which is writing a literature … Continue reading Annotated bibliography to literature review: a way in?