A KickStarter Project: Conquering The Great Wall of Paragraphs

Over the past six weeks I have spent a great deal of time  contemplating on what words and titles go where in chapter two, the Lit. Review.  This should not be so hard – logically I know this, so how come the words stay in the ether and I choose to blog about my lack of productivity? 

My sincere thanks of gratitude to The Thesis Whisperer’s Dr Inger Mewburn for providing a plan to help me climb the Great Wall of Paragraphs.

Here is the PEELL method reproduced – Enjoy and thanks once again Dr. Mewburn!!

A follow-up to the Thesis Whisperer’s Powerful Paragraphs article! Use the PEELL approach to writing your paragraphs:

P- point: make one!
E – expand on/explain the point made

E – cite evidence to support your claim (refer to or quote)

L – link your information to the topic you are discussing
L – make a link to your next paragraph

To take the final paragraph you came up with Inger in your Powerful Paragraphs article: P: Talk is identity work; the stories we tell about ourselves signal to others what kind of person we think we are and reinforce our sense of self.

E & E: The concept of identity work has become a useful way of understanding the process of

becoming an academic (Green and Lee 1998;; Johnson and Lee 2000;; Barnacle 2005;; Dall’Alba

and Barnacle 2007; Petersen 2007), the production of thesis texts (Kamler and Thompson 2007;

Dunleavey 2003), the management of supervisor student relationships (Johnson, Lee and Green

2000; Green 2005) and in the practices of everyday doctoral life (Barnacle and Mewburn 2010).

L & L: No one has yet studied talk and identity in PhD candidature. This paper argues that

telling stories about themselves ‘in trouble’ is not always complaining, but a strategy PhD

students use for all sorts of reasons: to bond with others, to troubleshoot their experience and to

come to terms with their altered state of being.

FOLOW-UP: Take a piece of your own writing and see if you can highlight PEELL in a few

paragraphs (use different colours). By looking at the pattern of colours formed you can see how



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