In this chapter I suggest that noticing lies at the heart of most research. Various aspects of the Discipline of Noticing, particularly the techniques for preparing and pro-flecting, are pertinent to researchers in any domain or discipline, as Pasteur (1854) implied when he suggested that where observation is concerned, chance favours the prepared mind. As James Middleton (1998: 63) put it:

in order to display intelligent behaviour, a person must first be sensitized to the potentialities of information (attentive or alert to occasion for utilizing information), and be disposed to act upon that information, before he or she can even initiate a sequence of intelligent behaviours.