A colleague recently recommended an article to me about multidisciplinary research– ‘Carnivalesque collaborations’ *. A lot of the experiences reported by the authors rung true to me – a sudden deluge of new concepts and vocabulary that needed to be learnt (), encountering new approaches and ways of thinking, as well as a feeling of… Continue reading Welcome to the carnival! Multidisciplinary working
I’ve just had a PDR (Personal Development Review), where one of the issues discussed was making sure that I don’t overextend myself during my research, since I’ll have four big tasks vying for my time and attention. Coincidentally, I was reading about how to be more productive anyway – who wouldn’t want that? One of… Continue reading Eating frogs for increased productivity?
I attended a BSA conference last week, ‘It’s a Family Affair: Researching with families’, and it made me reflect… I have researched with (or probably more accurately on) children before. I entered schools and was ‘sent’ children (prepped by their teachers, I presume) one at a time, to have them point to the ‘cup’ or… Continue reading Researching with families
It seems like the world has gone consent-mad at the moment, with even the aliens in Doctor Who unwilling to take over the world without our explicit prior consent. (See for yourself…) In research it is “fundamental”  that people agree to participate, and fully understand what they are getting into i.e. they give ‘informed… Continue reading Consenting in paediatric research
Behavioural change meeting In our latest ECRAG session we had Laura Jones (our behavioural change rep) and Beck Taylor host an interactive and informative session on behavioural change theories- in particular, the behavioural change wheel. Everyone sat in a big, but cosy, circle and we went around introducing who we are and how much experience… Continue reading Behavioural change wheel
As the new official blog writer of ECRAG, I was eager to contribute to one of the sessions and recently gave a talk with the same title as this blog. As I may have mentioned before, for my project ‘Communicating information from MRI: Patient and parent views’, I will be researching patient families about how… Continue reading Preparing for your research: The benefits of shadowing
Whilst discussing the process of interviewing research participants with a colleague, I was asked whether presenting themself as a researcher rather than a medical doctor would help them get more ‘honest’ answers. Thinking about such things is important for research, though it is, to some extent, insoluble. The interviewer will have an impact on the… Continue reading Reflecting on interviews…