Tuesday, December 14, 2010
What is research: Understanding the Kaleidoscope
When we research around the body of evidence and focus on individual "data bits," it can be easy to lose sight of the big picture. We need to research right in the kaleidoscope. Consider the reasoning in the table below. Family history should be fun, not fiction.
Updated: Elizabeth Shown Mills refers to Barbara Tuchman's kaleidoscope in the opening to Evidence Explained ... (2007). The "body of evidence" diagram above is my attempt to capture that kaleidoscope at a given point in time. I used the program yEd Graph Editor to create the upper graphic.