In a class conversation on what is/isn’t research, one aspect that emerged time again was that research requires reliable sources of information. This typically implies scholarly sources such as a peer-reviewed article, and to a lesser degree, articles from reputed periodicals and newspapers. The emphasis of course, is on “reliability”. However, we now live in an era of digital creation… Read more →
Ever notice what happens when you mention “literature review” to a group of doctoral students? More often than not, brows furrow, foreheads get sweaty, eyes glaze over…you get the picture ;). I was no different, but I was bound and determined to conquer the beast!. So I did what is probably second nature to a PhD student: Researched the process… Read more →
Caveats: This is more a stream of consciousness/mind dump post at this stage; the goal is to get my initial thoughts and impressions out while they are still fresh in my mind. My first impression of AERA 2011 was of how big it was. With 33,000 participants and I suspect about 600+ presentations – the session program was a tome… Read more →
Wednesday’s #phdchat session on Wednesday focused on academic writingWednesday. Although I have been in academia for about a decade now, first as student, then as professional, and now back as student again, I’ve never really seriously reflected on “academic writing”. As a former journalist, writing came easy, and I love the research process – in fact, taming the research fiend… Read more →
A doctoral degree is about becoming a specialist in a subject area, right? Yes, and no. The PhD process, and education in general, for that matter, is not just about subject matter expertise, it is also about building a tool set that will serve in you whatever you do. Curiosity, listening, exploring, these are just some of the qualities that should be in any doctoral student, and lifelong learner’s toolbox.
There’s been a convergence of sorts in my reading this past week. As I worked on my literature review on the role of social media in business – a SWOC (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Challenges) to be precise – two items, caught my attention: Han Rosling’s TED Talks India presentation on Asia’s rise and an article on Obama’s Mumbai trip. The former… Read more →
Prezi is the shiny, new presentation kid on the block. Its slick interface and non-linear, spatial approach to creating presentations might just be what the doctor ordered to alleviate the boredom of bullet-ridden, text-heavy, mind-numbing presentations that have become the norm. But have PowerPoint and gang really outlived their usefulness?
In my Systems of Belief class, one of the books we are discussing is The 10 Lenses: Your Guide to Living and Working in a Multicultural World. Authored by diversity expert Mark Williams, the book explores how cultural diversity impacts our lives, personal and professional, through the metaphor of a “lens,” patterns of behaviour that are at the core of… Read more →
An intense classroom discussion on cultural syndromes and their effects on human cognitive process, specifically, how and what we think, has got me, well, thinking. Triandis defined cultural syndromes as shared patterns of attitudes, beliefs, categorizations, self-beliefs, norms, role definitions, values, and other subjective elements of nature organized around a theme: linguistic traditions, geography, historical periodicity, etc. My question is:… Read more →
The first page in the first leg of my journey as a Doctoral student, a context – I’m discovering – that stretches and exerts your brain, your vocabulary, your comprehension, in ways that you are completely unprepared for.