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Designing your Own Projects

Designing your Own Projects

This chapter is intended to help you think about planning and conducting your own small-scale research project.1 Our discussion is organized around the key decisions every researcher has to make: what question to investigate, what kind of data to collect, how to analyse the data and how to structure a written account of the research. To illustrate it concretely, we will refer to projects carried out by three of our own students, Ksenija Bogetić, Tamar Holoshitz and Beth McCarthy.2

The idea of ‘doing research’ can seem daunting, but anxiety often stems from unrealistic ideas about what is expected. At PhD level, research has to make a substantial and original contribution to knowledge in a particular academic discipline. Below that level, however, ...

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