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

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.


  • 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 and filed under #AcWriMo, reflection questions.