Inspirations for a Research Proposal

In solidarity with the current situation, and in the absence of meeting as a live face-to-face group to give feedback on the Round 2 papers, here is the first of a series of posts to inspire research proposals, which may (or may not) emerge from your work on the first two papers.

1.  “What we can say with certitude is that reflexivity is the heartbeat of a qualitative research project. Reflexivity—the process of engaging in a mutual recognition of, and adaptation with, others—enables the researcher to manage the twisting, turning road of qualitative research….By realizing that our work as researchers is always situated in relationships—in relationships with the research literature, with the people we are studying—we are able to get our bearings in a world of diverse, shifting, and often contentious meanings.” Lindlof and Taylor, Qualitative Research Methods, 72.

2. “You may wonder which came first: the skill or the hard work. But that’s a moot point. The Zen master cleans his own studio.” Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit, 166.

3.  The original syllabus description:

For the Final Project [and possibly, presentation], each student should have a relatively clear idea of the various elements that make up their (thesis) project. Everyone should present an outline of what will constitute key elements, keeping in mind the elements we have explored to date through the first two rounds. Even if the definitive research proposal remains to be finalized for the “proposal defense,” the overall structure and key elements for this initial version should be submitted. Our original criterion of evaluation: links between the outline and original objectives; integration of feedback from earlier papers and presentations;  formulation of a problematic and research questions, key concepts, theoretical and methodological framework that is appropriate to the thesis or project objectives.

Projet final. À la fin du forum, chaque étudiante, chaque étudiant doit avoir une idée relativement claire des différents éléments de son projet. Chacune, chacun doit alors présenter une esquisse de ce qui pourrait constituer les éléments importants, la colonne vertébrale en quelque sorte, d’un projet final en tenant compte des objectifs initiaux.  Même si le texte définitif du projet reste à finaliser lors de « l’examen du projet de thèse », chacun remet ici une première version qui comprend la structure d’ensemble, le style et les éléments clés du projet de thèse. Critères : liens de l’esquisse avec les objectifs initiaux ; intégration du feedback des trois rondes ; formulation de la problématique et des questions de recherche, des concepts clés, des éléments de théorisation et de la stratégie méthodologique appropriée aux objectifs de la thèse.

4. Finally, poets can help us understand in unique and idiosyncratic ways the power of how we craft our approach to any object. Watch especially Outtake 2: An Imagined Life

Poet Charles Bernstein speaks about the epic work, the Yellow Pages

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