Dissertation Writing: The Carpenter Metaphor

Good morning colleagues

Our topic today is to think like a carpenter. Our goal in writing, particularly for the doctoral dissertation, is to ensure we use the most effective tool for the most effective outcome. Think of a carpenter’s toolbox.  Each tool is designed for a specific purpose for a specific outcome.

Think of a hammer.  Think of all the tools that might be substituted for a hammer if you can’t find one; yet the substitution is not how the tool works best according to design.

For a dissertation, it is not what we know, but what we can prove.  The secret is in the strength of the arguments and the most effective use of the tools in our carpenter’s toolbox for the most effective outcome. Consequently, whatever we do, we simply must defend what we do and why through the support of peer reviewed experts.

Think like a carpenter as you sift, sort, and separate through the various tools and strategies in your scholar’s (carpenter) toolbox. Remember, the strength of your argument is the end goal to defend that YOUR way is THEE most effective way forward.

My best to your success!

Dr. C
The Academic Entrepreneur


August 24th, 2016 by admin

One Comment

  1. I am one of your dissertation students. I think I am going to get a bigger toolbox. Looking forward to the journey.

    August 26th, 2016 at 11:08 am

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