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Keep A Record

  1. 1. Keep a Record
  2. 2. <ul><li>Record keeping seems like a very dull activity BUT………. </li></ul><ul><li>Good record keeping not a dull. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a fruitful, even enjoyable, way of establishing a dialogue with other people. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>A record of your reading. </li></ul><ul><li>A research diary. </li></ul>Two principal areas of record keeping
  4. 4. A record of your reading <ul><li>Reading Notes </li></ul><ul><li>Reading notes are important because you do not simply collate books or photocopies of articles for later reading. </li></ul><ul><li>Your notes should not just consist of chunks of written or scanned extracts from original sources BUT…………. </li></ul><ul><li>Represent your ideas on the relevance of what you are reading for your research problem. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Straus and Corbin suggest that the existing literature can be used for five purposes in qualitative research <ul><li>To stimulate theoretical sensitivity ’providing concepts and relationships that checked out against actual data’. </li></ul><ul><li>To provide secondary sources of data to be used for initial trial runs of your own concepts and topics. </li></ul><ul><li>To stimulate questions during data gathering and data analysis. </li></ul><ul><li>To direct theoretical sampling to ‘give you ideas about where you might go to uncover phenomenon important to the development of your theory’. </li></ul><ul><li>To be used as supplementary validation to explain why your findings support or differ from the existing literature. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Following Strauss and Corbin, you should always approach any publication with a set of questions, for instance <ul><li>What are relevant findings? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the relevant methodology? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the relevant theories? </li></ul><ul><li>What are relevant hypothesis? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the relevant samples? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the relevant to how I now see my research problem? </li></ul><ul><li>What possible new directions for my research are implied? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Research Diaries <ul><li>Unless you are careful, you may forget important aspects of your early thinking about your research which may be crucial to your readers ‘understanding’ </li></ul><ul><li>One way to ensure that you spell out your reasoning is to keep a research diary. </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping proper records, including a research diary, helps to make your reasoning transparent- to yourself as well as to your readers. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why keep research diary <ul><li>To show the reader the development of your thinking. </li></ul><ul><li>As an aid reflection. </li></ul><ul><li>To help improve your time management. </li></ul><ul><li>To provide ideas for the future direction of your work. </li></ul><ul><li>To use in the methodology chapter of your thesis. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Extract from Vickes diary covers most of what a research diary should contain. That is <ul><li>Your research activities with dates </li></ul><ul><li>Your reading </li></ul><ul><li>Details of data collected </li></ul><ul><li>Directions of data analysis including' special achievements, dead-ends and surprises’ </li></ul><ul><li>Your own personal reactions </li></ul><ul><li>Your supervisor’s reactions and suggestions. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Formalized approach, Glaser and strauss(1967), Richardson (2000:923-49) has suggested to organize your notes into four different categories. <ul><li>Observation notes ’fairly accurate interpretations of what I see, hear, feel, taste’ and so on. </li></ul><ul><li>Methodology notes ’message to myself regarding how to collect data’. </li></ul><ul><li>Theoretical notes ‘hunches, hypothesis…critiques of what I am doing/thinking/seeing’. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal notes ‘feeling statement about the research, the people I am talking to…. My doubts , my anxieties, my pleasures’ </li></ul>
  11. 11. Concluding Remarks <ul><li>Keeping a record should involve both making an ordered record of your reading and keeping a research diary. In a research diary, you can show your reader the development of your thinking, help your own reflection, improve your time management, and provide ideas for the future direction of your work. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Thank You

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