Note: the uptake of readers of this blog has been surprising. I’m not really doing this as a form of communication with other people and did contemplate making it private. But the number of followers has surprised me in the first week, we aren’t talking huge, but I can’t really think why anyone would want to read this. It will really annoy me if I end up with more readers or followers here than on my other blog. Just saying.
This morning I sat down with my sharpies and butcher’s paper (I was too exhausted last night after writing) and mapped out my ideas for part one of my literature review. As I mentioned in this earlier post on leadership, and reiterated yesterday on process, I have come full circle in my structural thinking. When I put everything on paper, aligning the questions I had been thinking about with the proposed structure of the section, it came together nicely. There may have been a little happy dance.
Yesterday I also completed my 2,000 words on critical leadership and sent them off to S1 and S2. I am not sure if either will actually read them. But that’s not the point. The discipline to actually write them was something I needed. And they will help form part of the about critical section in my lit review. It was a step that had been missing in my self-defined process last year that I think helps clarify my ideas and (hopefully) makes me a better writer.
S1 and I talked this morning about the role she can play and the relationship with S2, and she admitted she did skim my writing and gave some good feedback. To be honest I expected that if it was read it would have been ripped to pieces (as a learning experience) so this was a nice surprise.
We’ve also mapped out a timeframe for the next few months:
- April: I continue to work of the “what is leadership?” theme and try to pull everything together in 10,000 or so words. While this sounds like a lot you can see from the above map that there is a huge amount of terrain to cover.
- May to mid-June: I do the same for leadership development. This is ambitious in some respect as I’ll have worked on the leadership side for three months. I hope that I’ve become a bit more efficient in my reading and can be more judicious with my time.
- Mid-June – August: Methodology and ethics. How am I going to conduct my primary research, with whom, how do I find and contact them, what do I ask them. What methods will I use to analyse the data collected.
The aim is to do Stage 1 assessment September/October and ethics clearance just before or just after. Setting me up for primary data collection in 2015.
After reading a couple of thesis I’m surprised at the scope of data collection, as in it is not as broad as I expected. Thirty interviews may be all that’s needed. Doesn’t sound too hard does it? (But I am prepared to be surprised.)
This week has been a very good week academically. I received a positive email from a student saying she enjoyed my classes, I have written A LOT and I have a plan for moving forward.
This blog has helped, undoubtedly. It has removed a mental barrier I had with regard to writing. Next, as in tomorrow, I start looking at feminist analysis of leadership. Wont that be fun?