I spent the better part of last week working with emerging researchers who are at the stage of their PhD work where they are either working out what data they will need and how to get it, or sitting with all their data and working out how to make sense of it. So, we are … Continue reading Developing well-constructed data gathering tools, or methods, for your study
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?
As promised, a post on something a little less personal and a little more 'academic'. The topic for this week's post is theoretical frameworks, and why it's a very good idea to have one fairly clearly in place before you start collecting and analysing your data. Right. When I started my PhD in 2010, I … Continue reading Get your ‘gaze’ then get your data
So I am revising chapter two, the 'theory' chapter, where I explain to my readers what 'lenses' I will be casting on my data are and why I need them. So, yesterday I got to the last section of the chapter which is too short and not detailed enough because it's using conceptual tools that … Continue reading How can I get PhD if I still don’t understand the theory?