We learned to read and write in school! Yes, but reading and writing in research are a different matter altogether. Despite being so crucial, reading is commonly shaped by default practices that often do not meet our needs, especially given the time pressures we face. Does your pile of things to read keep growing, no matter how much you’ve read? Might your reading be governed by fear of missing out? Are the notes you are taking as useful and insightful as they could be? Are you struggling with writing? You will learn about common defaults in reading and note-taking, and learn a range of alternative strategies to try out within the workshop, focusing on literature that is relevant to your own work. Time spent reading things in detail that turn out not to be so useful is time you can’t get back. This workshop promotes extractive reading that leaves you time to go in depth when you need to. We will also explore strategies for writing: how to assault the blank page through a range of techniques.
(3hrs, 1000-1300 AEST)
Presenter - Nick Hopwood. Nick is based at the University of Technology Sydney. He is also an Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University Department of Curriculum Studies. Nick has completed a number of published studies on research students’ learning and experiences, given keynotes at conferences on doctoral education, and is a regular facilitator of workshops on diverse aspects of research and academic work. You can find out more about Nick from his blog, youtube channel, and twitter feed.