Sunday, 31 March 2013
"Open-Hearted" Lit Reviews
In chapter 7 of Salsa Dancing Into the Social Sciences, Luker (2008) states that we should read literature surrounding our research interest in an"open-hearted way" (p. 133). This got me thinking about my own reading patterns while investigating a certain area of research. Typically, when I'm looking into a subject, I have a preconceived stance on what I am reading. I read looking for what I want to argue, while either disregarding what is irrelevant or noting it so that I can argue against it in a paper. However, in light of what Luker said in chapter 7, I now think this is the wrong way to approach literature. If I am set in my thinking on a topic, in a way, I am not allowing my brain to work at its full capacity. I am not allowing different ideas to mold, shape, and change what I think. This is a natural evolutionary process of thinking that is healthy and, as I see now, vital in research. In my prior way of reading, I was allowing room for ignorance and lazy thinking. I want to apply this, firstly, to my research proposal. As I'm working on it and finishing up my lit review, I want to make sure that I'm addressing all sides, thinking through all perspectives, and being as well informed on the topic as possible, rather than being selective in the information I talk about for convenience sake.