This post is from the 30-day reflective writing series I made for Academic Writing Month (November 2018). For background on the series and links to all the videos, visit this page. To turn on subtitles: On a computer, hover at the bottom of the video window to make the row of icons appear; click on the “settings” icon (which looks like a cog), and select “Subtitles.” On a phone, the “subtitles” icon is in the bottom right corner of the screen.
DAY 2 CONTENT SUMMARY:
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.