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Once you have broken down the question and worked out what you are being asked to do, it is important to read widely around the subject so that you can construct your argument, or state your case. This information sheet will help you to start writing once the material has been found and the thinking been done.
Critically discuss the advantages and disadvantages of relying solely on field notes in comparison with producing a transcription of an audio or video recording.
Having conducted your research it’s a good idea to jot down some ideas. Remember that these are just ideas at this stage and will probably change by the time you have finished your assignment. You could break this assignment title down first of all:
|Transcription of audio recording
Once you have done this, try freewriting on each topic for 5 minutes. This is a way of writing without stopping for a set amount of time and can demonstrate how much you already know. Again, remember that this is just the beginning of the process of writing; once you have added evidence from your reading and further developed your points, you will have a first draft that can be shaped and reshaped into a final piece of writing.
Spradley (1980), cited in Cohen et al. (2000) – advantage of using field notes can be the recording of information which may not be captured on audio or video recordings, for example – contextual information, such as location, participants, what is happening, and why, and how those being observed are responding to the situation.
Cohen, L., Manion, L. and Morrison, K., (2000) Research Methods in Education, London, RoutledgeFalmer
The next step is to write this up into a piece of academic writing. Remember when writing a paragraph that there are a number of stages you need to go through. Ask yourself the following questions:
Now you’ve read the guide, we suggest that you have a go at the Starting to write worksheet.
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