Category Archives: research

Doing research that matters?


As a PhD student I have been advised so many times that it is necessary and a must to participate in conferences to do networking, get to know what it is out there in the field, to meet your bibliography

Doing research that matters?


As a PhD student I have been advised so many times that it is necessary and a must to participate in conferences to do networking, get to know what it is out there in the field, to meet your bibliography

It is time to submit!


I thought the valley of shit was over last year as I finally managed to write my thesis. Little I knew that there was still a lot to come. I guess I will understand more about the whole process in a few

It is time to submit!


I thought the valley of shit was over last year as I finally managed to write my thesis. Little I knew that there was still a lot to come. I guess I will understand more about the whole process in a few

Can complex ideas be communicated in 3 minutes?


As a PhD student in OZ  I have been encouraged to participate in a competition called the 3M thesis. This competition is for PhD students and consists of  a 3Minute presentation of your thesis  to a lay audience. This competition

Can complex ideas be communicated in 3 minutes?


As a PhD student in OZ  I have been encouraged to participate in a competition called the 3M thesis. This competition is for PhD students and consists of  a 3Minute presentation of your thesis  to a lay audience. This competition

From a topic to a thesis. The return!


It is been more than a month that I wrote my last post about my struggle towards an argument for my thesis. Well, I still haven’t resolved the issue, but I am working on it. This time I am doing

From a topic to a thesis. The return!


It is been more than a month that I wrote my last post about my struggle towards an argument for my thesis. Well, I still haven’t resolved the issue, but I am working on it. This time I am doing

Why do I blog?


On Friday I was one panelist at  a seminar on blogging at CEDAM. It was a very interesting conversation about blogging, types of blogs, and various uses. I was asked my motivation to write blogs and as  a blogger this is my

Why do I blog?


On Friday I was one panelist at  a seminar on blogging at CEDAM. It was a very interesting conversation about blogging, types of blogs, and various uses. I was asked my motivation to write blogs and as  a blogger this is my

To be or not to be… a researcher?


To be or not to be… a researcher. That´s the question! identity issues? Well, as part of the PhD experience I have definitively been crafting a new identity: an identity which represents the practices and self of being  a learner, an academic, and a researcher.

To be or not to be… a researcher?


To be or not to be… a researcher. That´s the question! identity issues? Well, as part of the PhD experience I have definitively been crafting a new identity: an identity which represents the practices and self of being  a learner, an academic, and a researcher.

2011: the year of the code!


Here I am back in my office with  the Coding manual for qualitative researchers in one hand and my data on the other and I have got this feeling of what do I do now? I collected heaps of data: interviews, documents,

2011: the year of the code!


Here I am back in my office with  the Coding manual for qualitative researchers in one hand and my data on the other and I have got this feeling of what do I do now? I collected heaps of data: interviews, documents,

What is the pedagogical Imperative?


Ten days ago I attended two courses as part of the UNSW summer school. The morning course was Classroom-based Research for Language Teachers by David Nunan and the afternoon course  was Sociocultural Theory and the Pedagogical Imperative by James Lantolf. The

What is the pedagogical Imperative?


Ten days ago I attended two courses as part of the UNSW summer school. The morning course was Classroom-based Research for Language Teachers by David Nunan and the afternoon course  was Sociocultural Theory and the Pedagogical Imperative by James Lantolf. The

Back to …!


I did it! After struggling with the writing, the poster layout and so forth. I managed to present my poster at the AARE conference successfully. It was very self  assuring and inspiring. The discussions with other academics challenged my views,

Back to …!


I did it! After struggling with the writing, the poster layout and so forth. I managed to present my poster at the AARE conference successfully. It was very self  assuring and inspiring. The discussions with other academics challenged my views,

Certain about uncertainty!


Well, here I am enjoying spring in Canberra, just awesome!  While I  dream of being out there lying down under a beautiful wattle , I try to focus and keep developing my methodology. Well, though my project has taken shape

Certain about uncertainty!


Well, here I am enjoying spring in Canberra, just awesome!  While I  dream of being out there lying down under a beautiful wattle , I try to focus and keep developing my methodology. Well, though my project has taken shape