Monthly Archives: December 2011

what do research questions want?

Understanding what research questions want can be helpful. Different kinds of questions produce different kinds of knowledge contributions and often imply particular kinds of methods. Descriptive questions aim to provide some qualitative or quantitative information about something – they want … Continue reading

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a convert to the european phd defence

I’ve just examined another PhD. It wasn’t the usual experience. It wasn’t the UK style report followed by a viva. Nor was it a lengthy report Australian style. Rather, it was the full-on European defence. I was one of two … Continue reading

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Writing for publication – it’s just a matter of meeting the conventions of a journal, right?

Well, no. Not exactly. There is more involved in making choices about how to write for your target journal than simply deciding to adopt their usual writing style. I need to explain this assertion. Let’s take the example of what … Continue reading

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templates for academic sentences and paragraphs

I’d like to recommend a helpful set of writing templates for: writing definitions, introducing work, referring to the literatures, being critical, describing methods, reporting results, discussing findings and writing conclusions. It’s called phrasebank and was developed by John Morley at … Continue reading

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where to start on writing a book proposal

I recently read some advice about how to start on a book proposal. The writer suggested that it was best to start with an outline. I disagree. The vast majority of academic books begin with the author doing an analysis … Continue reading

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