A smart and effective method for undertaking literature reviews particularly for research students and others new to a discipline.
"Narrative methods that are commonly used in many research theses, rely on the expertise and experience of the author, making them challenging for novices. In contrast, the method we use and recommend involves systematically searching the literature using online database and other sources to find all relevant papers that fit specific criteria (systematically identifying the literature), entering information about each study into a personal database, then compiling tables that summarise the current status of the literature (quantifying the literature). The results are reliable, quantifiable and reproducible.
Using this method, it’s also possible to determine if there are suitable datasets for meta-analysis. By mapping the literature we can not only identify what is known, but also, but where there are gaps: a critical issue in advancing research and designing PhD research programs."
The Centre for Decent Work & Industry presents the inaugural Theorise This! A bimonthly theory reader for scholars and students of Critical Social Theory. Join us on Tuesday 15 December 2020 at 1.00pm (Brisbane time) for an end of year Zoom meet up to launch Theorise This! and connect with fellow critical theorists.
Readings for 15 December 2020
What is Theorise This!
1. Do you struggle with using and building theory?
2. Do you want to learn how to make stronger theoretical contributions to your field?
3. Are you eager to expand the scope and diversity of critical theory to apply to your work?
4. Are you intellectually lonely and have a desire for alternative theoretical perspectives?
5. Or, are you just thirsty for theory?
Then Theorise This! wants to meet you!
Why do we need Theorise This!
Theory is a crucial part of the work we do as scholars. Theory helps us critique, predict, interpret, understand, evaluate, and create understandings about our social world. Theory building is also a key consideration for winning academic research grants, and especially for publishing well.
This year, SAGE is offering eleven cash prizes for the top research outputs produced and published by a Higher Degree Research (HDR) student (conditions apply). There will be five prizes of $400 awarded: one each to the top published paper in each of the five Faculties and $400 will be awarded for the top published paper by an Indigenous HDR student. There are also five prizes of $100 for commended papers, one in each of the Faculties. The competition is now open until 31st October 2021!
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