Book Reviewing

Amazon image of the Willis 2014 Action Research book

I’ve recently published a review in BJET of a book about Action Research aimed at doctoral students. I did find Willis & Edwards’ book useful where the SAGE handbook can be a bit intimidating… Amazon are selling it for about £40. Sadly, it’s not in the Lancaster library :/ (at the moment! – but I must say I’ve found the library refreshingly receptive to recommendations in the past).

This sort of highlights the significant perk of getting into book reviewing… You get to keep the book! I know that’s stating the obvious, but I do enjoy a real paper book, on a substantial topic, ‘to have and to hold’ (I do think e-books are very useful, not least for the capacity to search the full text).

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One to Read – “The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research” (2010)

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Petre, M and Rugg, G (2010) The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research, Open University Press

You’ve entered the world of the PhD student, do you ever feel there are rules and practices at work that you have not been told about?

Well here is a book that gives you a heads up on ‘things that nobody bothers to tell you explicitly, either because they assume you know them already, or because they are so familiar to them that they completely forget that other people don’t know them, or because they don’t think they’re worth mentioning’ (xi).

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