Luker (2008) discusses the vast amount of information (e.g. literature, facts, data, etc.) that researchers in today’s society must sift through when preparing a literature review. Luker asserts that the preparation that goes into writing a literature review is ongoing and will face several revisions as you develop an in depth analysis of the literature related to your topic (p.61-62).
When there is so much information to sift through it can make the research process overwhelming especially since it would take years perhaps even decades to extensively read through the all the work published on a particular topic (54). How do you even begin to determine the ways in way information has been classified or grouped? Luker suggests that researchers need to be smart about how they approach research by expanding your ways in which you frame your thinking around a topic (82). The degraggled daisy is definitely an exercise that aids greatly in framing your research.
When Luker writes, “Today, instead of human intelligence thoughtfully sifting through and coding all available information, we have tons of stuff out there, and no one has put a label on it, anywhere” (p.80). I feel like the “degraggled daisy” is one of the easiest ways to expand your thinking on a topic and make visual connections to concepts that you will explore when researching because the task encourages you to think through those connections establishing your own related labels/codes.
Alas! Here is my version of the “bedraggled daisy” inspired by Luker’s (2008) Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences.
It is an exercise that can seem daunting at the start but gets progressively easier as you start adding more and more petals to your daisy. Even as I uploaded my daisy I kept seeing more and more things I could add to it but I know at some point I am going to have to zoom in on a particular focus. My next step is to think about the direction I am headed to as I start to consider shaping these research terms in to a well framed research question.
Luker, K. (2008) Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences: Research in an Age of Info-glut. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.