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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.