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Writing-Up Research as a Thematic Narrative
Friday, 30/Oct/2020:
8:00am - 12:00pm

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ID: 117 / [Single Presentation of ID 117]: 1
4 hours
Topics: Research Methods
Keywords: Qualitative research, writing-up research, thematic narrative

Writing-Up Research as a Thematic Narrative

Jenna Hartel

University of Toronto, Canada

There is a shortage of guidance and acumen in information science when it comes to writing-up qualitative research. This workshop will present an effective strategy for reporting such findings. Participants will be taught to write a thematic narrative: a gradually unfolding descriptive account that relates vivid pieces of field data to relevant concepts in the scholarly literature. To that end, attendees will learn to create excerpt-commentary units: rhetorical structures that contain four distinct and purposeful elements. The Workshop will be production-oriented, and attendees should ideally bring a data set ready to write-up. This workshop suits doctoral students with research underway, experienced social scientists who wish to fortify their writing, and those who supervise or edit qualitative research. The instructor, Dr. Jenna Hartel, has won the Library Journal/ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award (2016) and she has taught this method to more than 200 masters and doctoral students at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

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