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Palgrave Macmillan

Getting to Grips with Doctoral Research

ISBN 9780230369559
Publication Date December 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Research Skills

'I would definitely recommend this book to students who are accepted into PhD programmes. As I was reading it, I kept thinking about my own experience as a doctoral student - and how spot on the book is!' - Professor Kristen Williams, Clark University, USA

Confused about your doctoral studies? Not sure what's required but feel unable to ask? This book is for you! Addressing common concerns about processes, conventions and expectations, it helps current and prospective PhD students to avoid needless mistakes which can be costly in terms of time, money and research quality.

Getting to Grips with Doctoral Research:
• provides greater understanding of the doctoral process and the requirements for success
• recognises the challenges facing students and offers practical solutions
• uses real-life student examples, case studies and activities to bring the doctoral journey to life
• is informed by the author's research into doctoral engagement among students
• will be particularly relevant for those studying social science subjects

An easy, accessible, and engaging read, the book will demystify the doctoral process and equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to complete your doctorate successfully.

MARGARET WALSHAW is a Professor and a Research Director at Massey University, New Zealand. She has undertaken research with students on doctoral engagement and has a wealth of experience as a doctoral supervisor and a doctorate programme coordinator. She is the author of several articles on education and is an associate editor of the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education (JMTE). Her book publications include Working with Foucault in Education, Mathematics Education within the Postmodern and Unpacking Pedagogy: New Perspectives for Mathematics Classrooms.

Introduction
Getting Started
Getting a Handle on the Topic, Questions and the Literature
Getting Close to Theory
Getting Designs on Methods
Getting Underway with the Research Proposal
Getting Alongside Support
Getting on with Writing
Getting Examined
Getting Your Research 'Out There'
Further Reading
Bibliography
Index

Reviews

'I have been really enthused through reading this book and would have no hesitation in recommending it to students and colleagues alike as it is so well written and current for today's market. This publication has all the makings of a bestseller.' - Dr. Ian Taylor, University of Brighton, UK
'I would definitely recommend this book to students who are accepted into PhD programmes. As I was reading it, I kept thinking about my own experience as a doctoral student and going through the process - and how spot on the book is!' - Professor Kristen Williams, Clark University, USA
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