Day 2: What's one conceptual tool that's indispensable to your project, and how are you using it?

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  • A conceptual tool is any concept you use as a tool to frame or conduct your research project. The tool could be a theory, a conceptual framework, a methodology, or even just a way of conceptualizing or defining some phenomenon or construct that is relevant to your project. Any given research project uses many different conceptual tools.

  • Today let’s choose one conceptual tool that is especially important to our respective projects, that we have drawn from other scholars/researchers/thinkers. What is the tool? How does it work? And what is novel about our own application/use of this tool?

  • This question can help clarify our project’s contribution to the larger research landscape, as well as clarify how we are actually conducting our project — the questions we’re asking, how we’re pursuing answers, and/or how we’re interpreting the information we uncover in our pursuit.

Posted on November 1, 2018 .