Do you have time and/or energy to sit for 10 minutes to read a researched article?

According to Le, Oh, Shaffer, and Schmidt (Aug 2007)* practitioners do not read researched materials that affect their work due to lack of time, articles are needlessly complicated and difficult to understand, inability to grasp complex diatribes, topics are not directly relevant to practitioners, and some have inconsistent, non-replicable results.

As a practitioner who likes reading researched work, I find myself spending my subway ride time to reading whenever I peel myself away from iPhone apps. I think a good 10-20 minutes per day will allow me to finish a journal in a week or week and a half. It’s not that much time really and scholar-practitioners do this regularly.

My challenge for you today is to pick up a journal (at your local library, bookstore, neighbour) and let me know what researched material you’re reading by posting a comment here.

* Le, Oh, Shaffer, and Schmidt (Aug 2007) Implications of methodological Advances for the Practice of personnel Selection: How Practitioners Benefit from Meta-analysis. Academy of Management Perspectives, 21(3), 6-15.

4 comments to Do you have time and/or energy to sit for 10 minutes to read a researched article?

  • Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is great, let alone the content!

  • ABi

    As practitioners do we need to read scholarly articles? 10 minutes a day to read research? Recently I have seen Saul Carliner diplomatically talking about this at a CSTD article. A theory-practice symbiosis is indispensable and little can we argue about this. But, is it really a question of time or is time an easy mask to use? Or is it a question of can we afford not to “keep abreast with research”? How do you translate theory into practice, how do you apply meaningful research so that through it you achieve valued results?

    Of course time is scarce. “I don’t have time” is the most overrated excuse. Like Robin, my subway time is time devoted to reading. It is during this time that I read and jot down ideas on the margins of articles. I steal time as much as I can, while commuting or at home or in the office, whenever I can. I guess, in the end it depends on how much you are inclined to this type of mental activity, what use you make of it, and to what extent it is a common habit, like exercising or maybe taking a shower everyday.

  • See now you can multitask during your long coffee breaks 🙂

  • Naku, this made me thinking. Nice entry.

    Since I also do research for clients, I don’t want to have the feeling that people don’t read my researched work as well.

    I work from home, so I should always have time. No alibis.