I am working with a new student. Long story short, I am not his first supervisor, and this his not his first attempt at his PG research project. He's had a tough time thus far: significantly with theory as his first supervisor did not seem to feel he needed any. Quite understandably, then, one of … Continue reading Why is theory such a big deal in postgraduate research?
I gave a workshop recently to two different groups of students at the same university on building a theoretical framework for a PhD. The two groups of students comprised scholars at very different points in their PhDs, some just starting to think about theory, some sitting with data and trying to get the theory to … Continue reading ‘Retrofitting’ your PhD: when you get your data before your theory
I am presenting a seminar tomorrow to PhD students on how I developed my PhD's theoretical framework. When I agreed to do this workshop last year, I thought this would be fairly easy to do. However, I am finding it difficult to articulate the differences between substantive theory and what I think of as 'framework … Continue reading Building a theoretical framework for your study
I recently enjoyed an amazing week at the University of Sydney, where I spent time talking about my work with the researcher who developed the conceptual tools I used to frame my theoryology and methodology, as well as with PhD scholars and researchers who are also using these tools in their own research. Two of my friends … Continue reading Disciple or pathmaker? Critiquing your theoretical ‘gurus’