Find the perfect question – or get some data?

A guest ROLSI Blog Entry – from Emily Hofstetter, Loughborough University, UK

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Compared with other research students, postgraduates using conversation analysis have to do their work ‘backwards’. Instead of diving into their literature review as their first major hurdle, it often makes sense for CA PhD students to write their literature review last, or nearly last, and use their first year to acquire data and begin analysis. But the more challenging mental hurdle isn’t necessarily getting access to data; it’s wrapping one’s head around a completely new method of research.

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