Moving from research design to data collection
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16 March 2011
Led by Dr Cindy Kerawalla and Dr Dorothy Faulkner.
Blue group, 11.30am, LIbrary Seminar Rooms 1 and 2
Green group, 14.30pm, Library Seminar Rooms 1 and 2
Red group, 15.30pm, Library Seminar Rooms 1 and 2
Miller : Don't pack more than 7 things into your question (+/- 2)
11:47 on 22 March 2011
Good questions start with How? or What? .....
11:51 on 22 March 2011
More on the planning of research- reinforcing the need to know what are your key constructs, who has used them before, how do they fit into both your discipline and more interdisciplinary applied field (and how do the two differ). Just as important as what you did do, is being able to justify that you understand the alternatives, and why you rejected them.
As before- if you want to get done in 3 years, always relate everything back to your research question. At 6 months in (for full timers) it seems like it's time to stop doing exploratory reading and just make some hard decisions. Now that statement brings gathering storm clouds to mind.
The workshops are demonstrating that everyone is fairly confused about their research. People have a lot of ideas, but it's finding a way to justify your desires and suspicions that is the hard part. To what level of detail? It's actually quite reassuring to know that everyone else feels the same.
Finally, we're being reminded that fieldwork takes a huge amount of work behind the scenes, out of the field. If the (surprisingly short) data collection period is going to work, you need to have planned:
Sample size and location,
interpersonal and technical skills, camera use, interview technique etc
keeping participants on board
transcribing (who does it, how long time, money)
21:12 on 23 March 2011