The Routledge Doctoral Student's Companion : Getting to Grips with Research in Education and the Social Sciences.

Thomson, Pat.
London : Taylor & Francis Group, 2010.
1 online resource (444 pages)
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Companions for PhD and DPhil Research Ser.
Companions for PhD and DPhil Research Ser.

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In the contemporary world it is clear that the need to study beyond Masters Level is increasing in importance for a wide range of practitioners in diverse professional settings. Students across the world are choosing doctorates not only to become career academics, but to go beyond the academic arena, in order to make a personal and educational, as well as an economic investment, in their workplace careers and their lives. However for many doctoral students, both full-time and part-time, navigating the literature and key issues surrounding doctoral research can often be a challenge. Bringing together contributions from key names in the international education arena, The Routledge Doctoral Student's Companion is a comprehensive guide to the literature surrounding doctorates, bringing together questions, challenges and solutions normally scattered over a wide range of texts. Accessible and wide-ranging, it covers all doctoral students need to know about: what doctoral education means in contemporary practice forming an identity and knowledge as a doctoral student the big questions which run throughout doctoral practice becoming a researcher the skills needed to conduct research integrating oneself into a scholarly community. Offering an extensive and rounded guide to undertaking doctoral research in a single volume, this book is essential reading for all full-time and part-time doctoral students in education and related disciplines.
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Part 1 Introduction: Why The Doctoral Companions?
1 Doctoral education in context: The changing nature of the doctorate and doctoral students
Part 2 Becoming and being a doctoral student
2 Ignorance in educational research: How not knowing shapes new knowledge
3 When qualitative meets quantitative: Conversations about the nature of knowledge
4 Interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity: Diverse purposes of research: theory-oriented, situation-oriented, policy-oriented
5 The necessity and violence of theory
6 Bringing theory to doctoral research
7 Seeking the single thread: The Conceptual Quest
8 Theory and narrative in the production of knowledge
9 Making sense of supervision: Deciphering feedback
10 Entering the gates of the elect: Obtaining the doctorate in education in South Africa
11 Weaving the threads of doctoral research journeys
Part 3 Coming to terms with research practice
12 It's been said before and we'll say it again - research is writing
13 Constructing research questions: Focus, methodology and theorisation
14 Research questions: What's worth asking and why?
15 'There is no golden key': Overcoming problems with data analysis in qualitative research
16 Dealing with data analysis
17 Researching with large datasets: Learning to think big when small is beautiful
18 Doing data analysis
19 Argumentation and the doctoral thesis: Theory and practice
20 Writing research
21 'Guilty knowledge': The (im)possibility of ethical security in social science research
22 'Dangerous reflexivity' Rigour, responsibility and reflexivity in qualitative research
23 Emotions and being a doctoral student
Part 4 Making a contribution to knowledge.
24 Quality agendas and doctoral work: The tacit, the new agendas, the changing contexts
25 Generating practitioner knowledge through practitioner action research: Moving from local to public knowledge
26 Coyote and Raven talk about equivalency of other/ed knowledges in research
27 Knowledge in context: Whose knowledge and for what context?
28 Open access and the ongoing transformation of scholarly publishing: A guide for doctoral students
29 Inner university, knowledge workers and liminality
30 Global students for global education research?
31 The impact of research on education policy: The relevance for doctoral researchers
32 Last words: Why doctoral study?
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Walker, Melanie.
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Print version: Thomson, Pat The Routledge Doctoral Student's Companion