Author Archives: Andrew Defty

Writers on writing: J.K. Rowling

I liked this short, but helpful, advice from J.K. Rowling, who knows a thing or two about writing, in response to a desperate tweet from a student struggling with a dissertation.

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Schoolboy errors in research design, part 2

In designing a data collection instrument one needs to consider how one is going to record the data. This involves some very basic considerations, for example, in the case of interviews one needs to consider whether one is going to … Continue reading

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Schoolboy errors in research design, part 1

Reliability is an important concern in research design it involves ensuring that your research measures what you want it to measure. This may be affected by a number of things including reactivity which is the tendency of research participants to … Continue reading

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The secret to writing

I’ve written before about Oliver Burkeman’s Guardian column, ‘This column will save your life’. In another recent column Burkeman addressed the challenge of dealing with writer’s block. As usual Burkeman draws on a fabled self-help guide, in this case Robert Boice’s, How … Continue reading

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A note on hypotheses and variables

A hypothesis is a testable statement which seeks to explain a phenomena by examining the relationship between two or more variables. It is important to remember that a hypothesis seeks to explain a phenomena – it does not merely seek to describe it. … Continue reading

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