July 01, 2019
On Saturday, 29thJune 2019, we ran our webinar on ‘Stop speaking through the literature’, which was purposefully selected to coincide with the forthcoming release of the newest course of our Advanced Training Series dedicated to Critical Analysis and Drawing on the Literature.
As highlighted in the webinar announcement, there seems to be a common progression of doctoral research students where the early stage of their writing tends to mainly summarise, focusing on the author as the messenger rather than the message they are portraying, picking up conclusions rather than the process of reaching that conclusion. As the students progress the capabilities then gradually develop into a critical and focused engagement with the literature. And while this is perhaps natural and positive in itself, it also frequently leads to the fact that “old writing” and “new writing” mingle next to each other in an, at times, odd way. In this webinar we picked on students’ thesis from recent graduates to highlight how this looks in practice. It was easy to spot the ‘old’ and ‘new’ parts. Being aware of this can help you in detecting and amending the old parts and lift the overall quality of your thesis.
In addition to this we also looked into “where to find guidance” question in more detail, and illustrated that some of the resource bases might turn out to provide a wrong direction as illustrated from the below solution vs. problem focused way of work.
Following is a sample of the slides from the webinar for reference. Those attending the webinar received a full set via email.
The full slide deck is also available at the Peers4Progress class room, which provides you with a meeting place to support ongoing discussions, and collect and share resources. PLEASE NOTE: to access Peers4Progress, you will need to LOG-IN to the training space and then self-enroll at the Peers4Progress board. For newcomers to the training space: you can create an account free of charge – follow this link to create your account
For those that want to learn more about ‘Critical Analysis and Drawing on the Literature’, be it as part of our advanced courses, through mentoring or coaching, or at one of our workshops or residencies, then please reach out to us, or directly register here for our forthcoming course on this subject.
The next webinar will be held at 12noon (UK/GMT time) on 13th July 2019, covering ‘The Research Problem and the Solution Bias’. Register here for this next or one of the upcoming webinars.