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Starting my PhD interviews: transcription takes a long time, and Impostor Syndrome is real!

Last week I interviewed two people for my PhD research, and I will hopefully be interviewing many more people over the next year. The interviews are qualitative semi-structured interviews  (interviews focused on in-depth conversations with people, with some set questions asked to all interviewees but also allowing them to lead the conversation), which is the first time… Continue reading Starting my PhD interviews: transcription takes a long time, and Impostor Syndrome is real!

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Week two of the PhD: the fun begins

I'm now into my second week of my PhD; and there has been an information overload! There have been so many new log-in details, names, room numbers and IT systems that my head has been constantly spinning. And, most significantly, I have made friends and am no longer sat by myself being weird in the… Continue reading Week two of the PhD: the fun begins

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Avoiding the laundry list literature review

This is an excellent post about reviewing literature; give it a read!

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I’ve been asked to say more about the laundry list literature review.The laundry list is often called ‘He said, she said” – as one of the most usual forms of the laundry list is when most sentences start with a name. And the laundry list is a problem. It’s hard to read and not very fit for purpose.

So, what does a laundry list look like? Below is a page of a published book. It is taken from a chapter reviewing the literatures on neoliberalism in ‘the university’. It’s a laundry list. I have:

  • underlined in red the sentence where the author says what they are trying to do (you might call this a topic sentence)
  • circled the sentences that feature a scholar as the subject of the sentence.

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Now let’s see what’s going on in the writing. The second paragraph on the first page begins with the author’s intention…

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