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Thread: Qualitative Research Methods Chapter

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17-Oct-18, 13:44
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posted about 6 months ago
Cheers for that Rewt. I think what I'll do is just spam everything in a word document, then remove irrelevant information, then construct proper sentences and paragraphs.

Thread: Questionnaire design limitation

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17-Oct-18, 10:48
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posted about 6 months ago
Well you clearly don't have time to actually correct the methodological flaw, so my temptation would be to include a paragraph in either the methods section or the 'limitations of study' section highlighting the conceptual ambiguity or lack of validity. Just be honest about it. So:

During the process of research it was discovered that ... . This is problematic in as much as ... . The consequences of this problem, then, is that ... . It could be hypothesised that, should the concepts be more valid, the results could ... . In future, this problem could be resolved by: i) ... ii) ...

So make sure you state the problem, what influences it could have your research and results, and perhaps even how you would correct it if you were to do it again. The key thing is clarity. We all make mistakes. Just be clear about what those are, what the effect on your research is, and how you would avoid it in the future.

Thread: Qualitative Research Methods Chapter

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17-Oct-18, 10:24
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Quote From emmaki:
What I did was read other theses. It helped me a lot with the structure of the whole thing


Thank you for your response. Thus far, this is what I have tried to do, however, given how 'uncommon' my method approach is, reading other PhD theses isn't helping me move past this writers block.

Thread: Qualitative Research Methods Chapter

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16-Oct-18, 23:33
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posted about 6 months ago
Hey guys,

Just wondering if anyone had a source for a text that offered insights into how to construct a solid research methods chapter, particularly for qualitative social science research.

For clarity, I know what my method and approach is, but am struggling to piece it together (as a chapter) in a manner that is concise but still provides a solid overview of what I am doing and why.

Any would be most welcome.

Thread: How to deal with lack of attendance (lecturing)

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11-Apr-18, 12:46
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posted about 1 year ago
It really depends on what your goals are and how much you care about student evaluations. Bewildered is probably right but personally, I do not respond to such emails positively. I instruct said student that the information was covered in session and is contained within the compulsory reading. Ergo, they should already be familiar with it. To be additionally salty, I always end with 'good luck with the exam'.

I have had several complaints about my feedback (which I have been told is exceptionally blunt) but so far the department has shielded me from anything negative. From those who actually attend, though, my feedback is really positive (so probably offsets the negative comments).

It really depends on you, what you want, and how responsive you are to student feedback. Unfortunately, student feedback is a strong currency now a days. Further, you indicate that your department, 'the powers above', would not be happy with my approach - so bewildered is probably right. Perhaps speak to module coordinators and department heads?

Thread: PhD research: translating non-English documents into English

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11-Apr-18, 12:42
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posted about 1 year ago
Hey guys,

For my research, I will be working with a number of non-English languages (including some I do not personally understand). In these circumstances is it better, do you think, to limit my sample size to only those languages I understand OR to employ translation services and include a relevant disclaimer in my research concerning translation?

Any assistance would be welcome (links to articles or texts that address this would be most welcome).

Thread: Forgetting what you have read

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19-Jan-17, 11:49
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posted about 2 years ago
And came to the same conclusions as well! Scary!


Which must surely prove that they were good conclusions.

Thread: Forgetting what you have read

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13-Jan-17, 10:42
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posted about 2 years ago
I'm in the same position in that the components of my research each have a small core of about thirty articles, although that does mean I have about 100 core articles...

I have never used software for referencing or source management, so I'm sightly hesitant to start now but I'll have a look.

Thread: Forgetting what you have read

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09-Jan-17, 15:12
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posted about 2 years ago
Quote From appleby:
Whenever I read an article, I always write it down (or most of the time, copy and paste items strategically). After scheming the paper to identify which part I want to focus more, first I write down full citation, and then copy and paste the important bits into Notes. Sometimes I copy the whole sentence to avoid losing out the context, sometimes I jot down important chunks of words. Then I do this for several papers under the same theme, and the resulting output is a summarized version of several articles. I save it as pdf and read in my tablet. I never trust myself to remember hundreds of articles. It's kind of like a cheat sheet, so whenever I need to cite them I know exactly from which paper I am referring because everything is written under the article's title headline.


Okay, I think I will go with the cheat sheet idea then. Thanks.

Thread: How blunt should you be with your supervisor?

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06-Jan-17, 15:15
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posted about 2 years ago
You should always be blunt and honest with your supervisor. Your supervisor cannot help you if s/he doesn't understand or know about the problems you are having. You should strive to develop an open and honest relationship with your supervisor.

Thread: Forgetting what you have read

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04-Jan-17, 11:49
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posted about 2 years ago
Not sure if it is a waste of time, but I could turn the papers I read into a single page cheat sheet. Heading, author, main arguments, location of evidence, etc

Thread: Forgetting what you have read

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03-Jan-17, 13:45
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posted about 2 years ago
So, here's a conundrum for you and I'm sure we've all been there.

We do reading. We make notes. We underline and highlight. We add some linkages to other work. We then do this for other articles and books. Months later we come back to this article and completely forget what is in it, what it's about, and much of the content.

How do you avoid this?

Thread: Learning new methods that your supervisors aren't familiar with

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23-Dec-16, 13:09
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posted about 3 years ago
What methodology is it?

Thread: Learning new methods that your supervisors aren't familiar with

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23-Dec-16, 08:57
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posted about 3 years ago
I'm in a similar boat. No one in my department really knows the methodology I'm using, although my supervisor has a superficial understanding. I'm going to a summer school, two week intensive course, to learn.

Thread: Your method of accessing research once read

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01-Dec-16, 21:09
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posted about 3 years ago
So here is a question for you guys.

You are writing a section of your PhD. You have read about forty or fifty articles that directly relate to that section and that you wish to reference in that section. How do you keep a track of it all?

Do you write condescended half page cheat cheats, memorise everything, leave post-it notes everywhere? How do you keep track of everything you have read so you don't forget to include articles and data?
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