by Thelma B. Freedman, M.A.
Shortly before closing this issue of the Journal, I asked Thelma to share with our readership her thoughts and wisdom on this vital topic. The need to encourage research looms so importantly in my own thinking, that it also became the topic of the Editor’s Page. (Did you take the time to read it?) In a manner so typical of her, Thelma drew from her knowledge and experience, and penned the following. I am not sure whether it is most appropriately called an article, an encouraging lesson, a set of instructions, or an admonishment. Perhaps all four. First and foremost, it presents the reader with thoughtfully prepared and practical advice. Her style is simple and direct, the true sign of a teacher-mentor. The message is clear for those who read it – and, after all, is not the mark of a wise person the ability to recognize and heed good advice?
Our Editor has, in his opening statement in this issue, compared research to the typically American gathering known as the “potluck.” At a potluck, everyone brings something, whatever they can, be it a simple basket of apples or a complicated and risky new main dish. I attended a potluck dinner recently where a footloose bachelor arrived with the paper plates and cups, and these too are vital to the success of any potluck! Whatever the contribution, all are necessary and all are freely given and shared.
Russ has chosen an apt metaphor. It fits research at its best, and in a field as new and strange to others as ours, it is the approach we must take.