Dr Ann Lawless

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  • #106312
    Dr Ann Lawless
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    Hello Bonnie
    Thanks for your reply! I am so very sorry you had such a horrible experience and such cruel treatment.

    It was courageous of you to return to a social media space after that experience!

    I really hope we can all contribute to a safe space in this group for each of us!

    #106286
    Dr Ann Lawless
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    I realise you posted this ages ago and did not get a reply. How did you resolve the question?

    If still unresolved you may find it useful to look at other theses and dissertations and see how other apprentice/novice researchers resolved this issue in MMR. They have faced the same issue as you and had to resolve it. You can find such documents in various repositories and digital collections.

    In general, a general discussion and analysis can only take place after you, the researcher, have done the slow careful specific step-by-step analysis – and in a PhD thesis you reveal ALL of these research processes and research decisions as part of the thesis.

    And you may have chosen a very detailed MMR methodologist, and therefore might have been directed by the advice of the major theorist/practitioner you chose to inspire your research design?

    #106285
    Dr Ann Lawless
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    Hi Bonnie,
    I hope your studies are progressing well.

    Methodspace re-launched itself recently and not many of the previous “community” have re-entered the forums yet, which ahs been disappointing but to be expected. Even when it was an active and populated place with lots of discussion, there were quiet and busy times (and I found this unpredictable).

    I have often wondered where is everyone!! I think SAGE is going to do more promotion soon, and their active advertising and support will help regenerate discussion. They used to have competitions, book reviews, eminent academic guests (such as David Silverman and others) and so on which made this a very attractive forum for me and others. They need to return to that and I am hoping they will soon. It is also up to us to promote it among students, scholars and friends and try to give the discussion a boost from time to time.

    I agree that the learning during formal postgraduate studies is a marathon, and you will need to train and prepare yourself for that marathon, not least of all by knowing how to care for yourself and measure your pace so as to sustain a very very long experience. In addition to self-care for the long haul, I also believe in mutual care and making the effort to create a generous culture in our community. We create the road by walking it.

    Also to make methodspace work well for you if you have questions, it is helpful to others if your questions are as precise as you can make them, and if you disclose a little of what your current thoughts are. I know a number of senior academics who left methodspace because the questions from novices seemed to vague and even…. well….. lazy – eg we used to get a lot of “design my research for me” to which my reply always is “what are your current ideas?”. It can feel very risky and emotional to reveal that in a world-wide forum such as this one but the risk of disclosure emans that of us who want to engage can see you are trying, and can be more focused in our efforts to assist. Of course this is also just a place for a chat! But I have found it has thunderous silent periods as well as busy periods.

    #106284
    Dr Ann Lawless
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    suggest your own initial idea – that will help others help you.

    #106283
    Dr Ann Lawless
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    Hello Bobby
    It is very difficult to answer without knowing your topic.

    In general however if you are not interested in social justice issues in the research design and research topic, then don’t draw from theory which in inspired by social justice and social transformation. This is a matter of design features – your theory will influence every other aspect of the design, and can not and should not be used for limited use with some aspects of the research design features. Theory is like water on a sponge when used properly – it will permeate and drizzle into every other feature of the research, and that is what we want and why we choose theory so carefully.

    Have you considered developing theory for the research – you don’t have to use macro-theory eg critical theory of Foucault, Beck or Habermas – but micro-theories which you build up yourself and which you design around what you have said you like about HOW theory is used in social justice research. Alan Sears et al “A good book in theory” has some ideas about the various ranges and types of theory – not just the macro but mezzo- and micro-.

    Alternatively have you considered using the theory you like and then allow yourself to explore how it speaks of social justice issues in your topic – don’t avoid it but embrace the opportunity of social justice perspectives in the theory?

    If you want me to be more precise you will have to reveal more of the topic and intended theory, but I hope these general comments help.

    Ann

    #106282
    Dr Ann Lawless
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    This is always tricky Connor. The classic way to treat this in academic writing is to define the terms clearly, cite the theory from which you are drawing it and which inspires and shapes it, and then use them consistently in that article/chapter/conference paper.

    The discourse in academia will build as you and others contribute to it, and who knows – might even stabilize and settle after much disclosure and use.

    I have had the same issue with using reflection v reflexivity; and with autonomy and agency. Before this site was rebuilt there were methodspace conversations about critical v critique v critical theory v criticalist. Recently I have stopped using criticalist, it was getting clumsy.

    I think it is important to stay in the space of revealing and clarifying the distinctions each time you use it – to assume your reader/listener is intelligent but not familiar with the terms or not using them in the same way as you hope/intend/assume. By your own “exposition” or reveal, you contribute to the emergence of the dialogue and the stabilization of the terms.

    Ann

    #103244
    Dr Ann Lawless
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    Perhaps Habermas or Bourdieu or standpoint theory -and combine it with an ethnographic study?

    #630
    Dr Ann Lawless
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    Dear Daniel

    How is your publishing project going?

    Ann

    #682
    Dr Ann Lawless
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    Is this still open?

    #582
    Dr Ann Lawless
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    I cant work out how to access the chapter – followed the link but then puzzled as to hoe to find the free chapter.  Can you help?

    #579
    Dr Ann Lawless
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    Hello Laura,

    welcome to Methodspace.

    I am not sure what you asking – do you mean how do you tell, when reading research, whether it is qual, quant or mixed?

    Ann

    #641
    Dr Ann Lawless
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    Very accessible, interesting, and both thoughtfully/scholarly and practical – thanks

    #601
    Dr Ann Lawless
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    Many thanks for this fascinating reading about embodiment, emplacement and entanglement.

    I was really captured by the way you link emplacement with space and place studies in ethnography: I think you are arguing that considering “place” is a way of understanding key INTER-relationships between environments and people (and that the researcher is always “there”, Inter-related to the site,and  to the participants in a complex dance of knowing and uncertainty.)

    Thanks for free access to the chapter!

    #631
    Dr Ann Lawless
    Participant

    Hi again Daniel

    Let us know how you go.  Will you publish after the doctorate?  How about developing a research plan and share them here so that you are motivated by disclosing it to peers/

    Mine looks like this:

    identify if entire thesis could be published as a book, and who by

    identify relevant chapters which could be published as journal articles – and where eg the methodology chapter, the literature review(s), case studies, the findings, the community significance eg does you thesis or a chapter have something to say to a specific community of interest – eg to scholars from marginalized communities?

    do you have an academic mentor at your university or in a university network who you can discuss this with? 

    do you have contact with other recent graduates who have already done this and what did they learn?

    #635
    Dr Ann Lawless
    Participant

    Dear Daniel

    I find the following useful:

    Aitchison C, Kamler B and Lee A “publishing pedagogies for the doctorate and beyond”

    and

    Thomson P, Kamler B “Writing for peer reviewed journals”

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