Gaining access to respondents can be a significant challenge and a source of frustration for many researchers. When seeking access, researchers often waste time speaking to non-decision makers and fail to sell the value of their research. This short vignette highlights the importance of sales skills for researchers.
Keith Townsend and Mark N.K. Saunders
This vignette tells of a qualitative data collection process with a recalcitrant participant. How long do you try to build report before you finally say ‘that’s enough’? For this author, it was eleven minutes.
This chapter reflects upon the author’s personal experiences of dealing with supervisor feedback as she progressed through her doctoral studies. Feelings of inadequacy are addressed and advice is given on how to deal with this and move forward. Finally, practical hints and tips for dealing with supervisor feedback are provided.
Using social media is increasingly becoming popular in academia. It is a great way to connect with the global academic network and share your journey as a researcher. In this chapter, you will find tips on how to take advantage of social media tools to enhance your researcher profile online.
Dawn C. Duke
Writing is hard for everyone from time to time. This chapter describes the real stories of newer researchers who have overcome their own writing blocks, providing tips and techniques to inspire researchers who are struggling to write.
All researchers know that there can be difficulties in gaining access to research participants. So why haven’t this group of intelligent people come up with better ways to solve this problem? I thought I had – my incentives would solve this problem – until one examiner at my viva asked about the incentives.