Author Archives: pat thomson

About pat thomson

Pat Thomson is Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham, UK

starting the PhD – learning new vocabulary

Scholarly work often involves learning new words. You know this right? Sometimes it even seems that in order to be considered a scholar you have to speak in words no one else can understand. Well that’s the stereotype. But let’s … Continue reading

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deep into writing the thesis? don’t​ forget to yodelayeehoo

It’s the time of the year when writing the thesis gets pretty serious for a lot of PhDers. The endpoint is there in the distance, but there is still so much to do. So many words. So many pages. So … Continue reading

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idle thoughts while reading? it may be a light bulb moment

Does your mind wander while you’re reading? All the books to read for that pesky literature review and you just can’t focus … Sometimes the havering mind is “the worries”. Worries about how much reading there is and how hard … Continue reading

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new year – seeing anew

You’ve heard of Lego your research method and Dance Your PhD. But now Bake Your Thesis is getting to be a thing. There’s a hashtag #bakeyourphd and active competitions in New Zealand, Canada and the UK. One of the Canadian thesis … Continue reading

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holiday​ break

  Patter is now having a tiny break from blogging. She is reading and writing and she may even be walking on the beach and spending time with family. She will be back on 7th January. She wishes everyone who … Continue reading

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theory makes us feel stupid

This is the final post in my series on working with theory. It seemed appropriate to use something theoretical to round off: theory fright part one theory fright part two what’s a framework – conceptual or theoretical becoming friends with … Continue reading

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eight ways to write theory very badly

If you want to be the person who makes their reader sigh and eventually give up when they get to your theoretical ‘bit’, here’s some non-fail writing strategies. Do these and I guarantee your reader will be enervated and/or exasperated: … Continue reading

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