I had an interesting Twitter conversation with one of my readers. She had been reading 19th Century newspapers all day. I congratulated her on spending a day doing research. She replied that it had been great. She was happy. But also noted that she was ignoring a big pile of grading. I said that the grading […]
The popular view of research is that it produces answers. This is not untrue. If you need answers, research is going to help you find them. The problem is that research also produces more questions. In fact, it produces more questions than answers, which can have a big impact on your ability to publish and on […]
In my earlier post, I suggested that conference presentations make great first drafts of journal articles. The hard part is actually sitting down to turn that excellent first draft into something good enough to submit to a journal. Dealing with criticism. Maybe someone in your conference session asked some awkward questions. Or made some suggestions […]
Are you reluctant to hire Research Assistants?
I was reading a blog post about hiring in a small business and this paragraph resonated with conversations I’ve had with researchers. “I believe that I am a genius at some things and not others. And that I need to hire geniuses in the other areas.” It’s a bit different when you think about research assistants because one purpose of hiring them is to provide apprenticeship opportunities. But that just extends this perspective rather than negating it.
One of my favorite quotes is by Samuel Silas Curry, a turn of the century speech teacher, “There is nothing so encouraging as good criticism.” He goes on to say that good criticism simply compares the actual with the ideal. Vicky@collegeparentcentral commenting on my post Confidence in the Face of Criticism Thank you for sharing […]