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Friday, March 17, 2006
I haven't had a lot of time to work on the dissertation lately because, as I mentioned earlier, ST's daycare is closed for Spring Break. Days with ST are full-on and I love having this "bonus" time to spend with him, even if it does put a kink into my dissertation schedule. We've had a great time together visiting friends, shopping, baking, pretending, and chatting. Today, however, we're taking it easy because ST woke up with a fever of almost 102 degrees and is currently napping, red-cheeked, in his sunny bedroom. We were supposed to go see Clifford the Big Red Dog at our local children's museum this afternoon and then attend a St. Patrick's Day parade (ST adores parades), but it doesn't look like either of those things are going to happen.
On the work front, I made a wise move this week and decided to call in some reinforcements. As you know, the massive foreign language component of this dissertation has, at times, been a major headache for me. Since 90% of the research for the case studies must be done in a foreign language, case study work progresses very slowly. I decided, at last, to call on my friend Kurt and his language expertise, and he has been a godsend. I've been dealing with some complex ideas, ideas that even Kurt has problems with and German is his native language, and these ideas have occasionally stymied my progress on this chapter. Kurt graciously offered to read some of the more complex and vital documents for me and then work through them with me. Heaven! I feel like a burden has been lifted from my brain.
I also picked up the hard copy of the comments from Prof. C. He printed out the dissertation and wrote all over it, generally very positive things that made my heart sing. (Instead of just a "good," I even got a "This is very good!" on the last page of my first case study! Hurray!) Prof. C. and I come from very different methodological viewpoints, and in his written comments he pointed to places where he thought his approach would be useful; indeed, he said that by including his approach (in addition to mine), I could make a "very significant contribution to the field." The thing is, I'm not sure how much time I'm willing to spend on changing a section of the dissertation to reflect his approach, although I have considered it before. I am, at best, a novice in the approach he suggests for Chapter Three -- I've taken a course on it, but I never felt like I truly understood it or how to do it, although I certainly understand why it is effective. I'm not confident in my ability to add this idea effectively, no matter what the impact on the "significance" of my contribution. But, depending on how the remaining case studies go, I may call in some reinforcements here, too, and see where adding this facet would take me.
But now, back to tending to my feverish little boy, who is stirring in his bedroom. It appears that, today, I have other significant contributions to make.