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

ISBN: 9780415484121 | 041548412X
Edition: 1st
Format: Nonspecific Binding
Publisher: Routledge
Pub. Date: 5/10/2010

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There are a burgeoning number of books available to support doctoral research ' doing-it guides and advice books, methods books, philosophy, ethics, analysis, getting published, and so on. There are countless methodology and methods texts in particular. However, this extensive literature is difficult for doctoral students to navigate and thus will not necessarily take them forward in their projects. Uniquely, this book is a companion to the many catalogues of texts now available for doctoral purchase.Becoming a researcher involves engaging with a range of ideas and issues mediated through a particular research project. 'Getting' the doctorate is always much more than simply completing the research ' in reality it is about becoming and being, and this process is integral to becoming part of the scholarly community. Doing a quality doctorate in contemporary times requires more than the technical skills required of a research process; it involves coming to see oneself as a researcher and to take on a confident researcher identity. This book works by exploring how identity/knowledge formation happens together. It addresses a set of interlocking and overlapping big questions that 'sit' behind the plethora of doctoral advice texts and run through the practice of knowledge/identity work.With contributions from many of the key names involved in the international education arena, this book will enable students to navigate their way through the vast library of doctoral and research books by bringing together questions and solutions which are generally scattered through a plethora of texts and will help all full and part-time students undertaking doctorates in education and other cognate disciplines become efficient researchers.

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