On becoming a researcher: the value of writing throughout the research process

Zuchowski, Ines (2016) On becoming a researcher: the value of writing throughout the research process. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 18 (2). pp. 66-78.

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This paper presents my reflections on becoming a researcher and explores the usefulness of writing throughout the research process. Publishing is a key performance indicator in academia, and writing is an essential skill needed to get work published. However, writing in research is more than using this skill to gain publications and disseminate findings, writing about research offers opportunities to ensure methodological congruence and professional growth. I explore how reflective writing throughout my PhD process in Australia strengthened my reflections about the impact of my own assumptions and ideas in the research process. Moreover, a cyclic process of data analysis and dissemination of the findings via conference and peer-reviewed publications contributed to engagement with the data, the formulation of ideas and the exploration of new data with a fresh mind and curiosity. I propose that writing throughout the research process assisted me in staying within my methodological framework, engaged me with the participants and a wider audience, helped me consider voice in research, enabled an early submission of the PhD and facilitated my growth as a novice researcher.

Item ID: 46207
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: social work education; field education; qualitative research; writing; phenomenological research; bridling; reflection; doctoral writing
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ISSN: 1329-0584
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 21:50
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 50%
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