Here at the end of the first of (hopefully) four terms of dissertation research and writing, I have some notion of where I am, a (partially) clarified view of where I am going, and a confusing idea of what it will take to get there. At this point, the process is the thing. Ideas are flooding in. I’ve fourteen single-spaced pages of bibliography-to-read and I there is surely more to come. I’ve barely started gathering sources for my theological integration. That’s a ton of ideas to wrangle.
So, here at the beginning, my wrangling process has four phases.
- Scan (and sometimes read) journal articles
- Diagram the ideas in each article to discern key ideas in the domain.
- Each week or so, update/modify the domain diagram, incorporating ideas from the article diagrams.
- Once the domain diagram settles to what seems to be its essential elements, begin the write up, revisiting journal articles as needed.
Since I’m using domain immersion, I am focusing on one domain at a time. Once a rough draft is in place, I’ll move on to the next domain/topic.
I don’t know how this will work in practice, but I am hopeful.
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