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Write as if you don’t have the data: the benefits of a free-writing phase.

Aldrich, Howard (2016) Write as if you don’t have the data: the benefits of a free-writing phase. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (22 Jan 2016). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

When researchers reach the point of actually writing up their analyses, the writing can often centre around the data itself. Howard Aldrich argues this kind of “data first” strategy to writing goes against the spirit of disciplined inquiry and also severely limits creativity and imagination. Literature reviews and conceptual planning phases in particular would benefit if researchers explored the range of ideas associated with their study, rather than the constraining reality of data limitations.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/
Additional Information: © 2015 LSE Impact of Social Sciences
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Sets: Collections > Impact of Social Sciences Blog at LSE
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2016 17:19
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2016 17:48
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/65281

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