Gray and Mallins in the chapter “Mapping the Terrain”, they have tried to explain in detail how to make decisions in a research landscape and have also tried to develop a systematic exploration of how to contextualize research. They have tried to create a system where the researcher can divulge into the details and provide holistic opinion about the research. Authors have provided the audience with pragmatic strategies for searching, scanning and surveying of research.
In the research they have clearly explained the technique that can be employed in developing research. In this, the authors have provided the people with aids to evaluate the significance and relevance of the data and give insights as to how they should be applied from a critical perspective. It also encourages the people to question about the various aspects of the research. This process enables the people to gain holistic understanding of the issues.
The strength of this chapter is the clarity of expression of the writers. They have provided a systematic system in which the audience can develop the tools to proceed with their research. Many tools such as graphical mapping devices will be very useful techniques for the researcher. This would help the person to understand the gaps in the research and will enable in critical analysis of the data. They have provided with the analogical tools that would help in gaining insights about the issue in question. On retrospection there are really no weaknesses to the chapter. They have given the tools. It is up to the researcher to utilize these tools effectively and develop a coherent argument and a sound research.