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Palgrave Macmillan

The Postgraduate Research Handbook

Succeed with your MA, MPhil, EdD and PhD

Edition 2nd edition
ISBN 9780230521308
Publication Date December 2007
Formats Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Research Skills

The second edition of this best-selling book is aslively and accessible as the first edition. Advice, support and both active and reflective tasks take the students through the stages of research as well as encouraging them to consider social and cultural issues, such as working with their supervisor and other researchers.

GINA WISKER is Head of the Centre of Learning and Teaching at the University of Brighton, UK. In 2005, she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for her work in learning support. She is the author of The Good Supervisor.

Introduction
PART ONE: FIRST STAGE
Starting Research
Starting Your Own Postgraduate Research
Choosing the Right Research Degree
Choosing Your Supervisor
Writing a Research Proposal
PART TWO: SECOND STAGE
Getting Going: Supervisors, Methods and Time
Managing Your Supervisor
Managing the Balancing Act
Managing Your Time and Tasks
Your Learning As a Research Student
Research Questions and Methods
Carrying Out a Literature Review
Choosing Appropriate Research Methodologies and Methods
PART THREE: THIRD STAGE
More Detailed Research Methods: Maintaining Momentum
Designing and Using Questionnaires
Action Research and Phenomenography
Qualitative Research Methods: Interviews, Focus Groups and Observation
Using Grounded Theory, Case Studies, Journals and Synectics
Research Methods for the Arts and Humanities
Being Organised: Planning to Undertake Your Research
PART FOUR: FOURTH STAGE
Support, Progress and Analysis
Developing a Supportive Research Culture Locally and at a Distance
Problem-based Research and Problem Solving
Analysing Data and Thinking About Findings
Writing Transfer Documents and Progress Reports for MPhil and PhD Thesis
PART FIVE: FINAL FIFTH STAGE
Writing Up: The Viva, Presentations and Afterwards
Writing Up: Definitions and Qualities of a Good MA, MPhil and PhD Thesis
Preparing Your Thesis
Preparing for and Undertaking Your Viva
Presentations, Conferences and Publishing
Life After the Research
Index

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'...I would highly recommend this book not only to anyone considering undertaking a research degree, but also to those who are already involved in one...I have personally found many of the sections to be very helpful and reassuring...' - Sue Pavey, International Journal of Research& Method in Education
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