starting the phd – comparing and contrasting papers

Wondering how to bring some of those texts you are reading together? Working with literatures always requires you to summarise, then compare and contrast various aspects of a text. This is a little exercise I often ask people to do right at the start of the PhD. It offers a way to practice a systematic comparison of texts.

It’s best to save this kind of very detailed exercise for the texts you want to work most closely with, but reduced versions of this exercise are a helpful way to get your head around a chunk of material you want to interrogate.



About pat thomson

Pat Thomson is Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham, UK
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5 Responses to starting the phd – comparing and contrasting papers

  1. Haitham Al-Sheeshany says:

    Reblogged this on Observations of a tired sOul. and commented:
    Thinking of starting a PhD. Read this, it shall help.


  2. Sherrie Lee says:

    Great advice! Will use this for my next lit review.


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  5. damoclarky says:

    This is very helpful Pat.

    I was wondering whether it would be much trouble for you to post an example of how you have applied this model in comparing and contrasting papers you have read? Having a concrete sense of how you use this approach would be wonderful to see.

    Many thanks for your efforts with the blog Pat.



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