A Survival Kit for Doctoral Students and Their Supervisors
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A Survival Kit for Doctoral Students and Their Supervisors
Traveling the Landscape of Research



© 2017 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A Survival Kit for Doctoral Students and Their Supervisors offers a hands-on guide to both students and supervisors on the doctoral journey, helping make the process as enjoyable as it is productive. Drawing on research from peer learning groups, contributed narratives, and their own programs, the authors emphasize the value of the doctoral partnership and the ways in which shared knowledge can facilitate a rewarding journey for students and their advisors. Grounded in theoretical and empirical material, the book helps participants navigate the doctoral process with personal stories and examples from a variety of researchers. A discussion of common challenges and the inclusion of practical tips further enhance the book’s diverse range of helpful resources.
 
Chapter 1: Theoretical Basis of the Book
An Apprenticeship Perspective  
Why Apprenticeship?  
Things Elites Can Teach Us  
What Is Apprenticeship In Research And What Can Be Learn From It?  
The PhD Endeavour as a Journey  
A Pedagogy of Doing  
Moving Away From Pure Learning  
Good Advice for the PhD Student  
Good Advice for the Supervisor  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 2: Matching Student and Research Community
Successful and Unsuccessful Matching  
Why Research Talent Is Relationally Defined and Achieved  
Relational Talents  
Finding the Right Match  
What Is Needed To Find The Match?  
Mismatch  
Finishing On Time?  
Why Matching Can Be Difficult  
Good Advice for the PhD Student  
Good Advice for the Supervisor  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 3: Originality and Contribution
Making an Impact  
We Have To Work It Out Ourselves – But How?  
Developing Voice  
An Experiment of Disarmament  
Dismantling Pretentious Scientific Language  
Complying and Adjustment  
Questioning the Research Question  
Good Advice for the PhD Student  
Good Advice for the Supervisor  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 4: Making the Most of Obstacles
Research as a Creative Endeavor  
How Can I Contribute and Do Creative Research?  
Data on Deviations and Research in Everyday Life  
How Can We Stumble Creatively?  
Absorption and Deadlines  
Forced Incubation  
Apprenticeships and Quick Learning  
The McDonaldisation of Research  
Good Advice for the PhD Student  
Good Advice for the Supervisor  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 5: Peers and Masters Are Everywhere
Distributed Masters  
Apprenticeship Writing  
Writing and Identity Formation in Peer Groups  
Writing Throughout the Journey  
Networks  
Writing Groups  
Do I Have The Time … And The Courage?  
Life Itself Is a Master  
Be a Master Yourself  
Good Advice for the PhD Student  
Good Advice for the Supervisor  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 6: Doing Supervision
Supervision as Process and Production  
Co-Authorship as a Pedagogic Practice  
The Co-Author Study  
Inviting In—Unconditionally Accepting  
Idea Testing and Getting the Student to Work  
Theoretical Framing  
Focused Asking For Advice and Making Structural Adjustments  
Fine Tuning and Some Deletions  
Sharing Completion  
Extending the Radius of the Research Community  
A Pedagogy of Doing  
Good Advice for the PhD Student  
Good Advice for the Supervisor  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 7: Feedback – Part of Making It Work
A Range Of Options  
A Good Writer Is Not Necessarily a Good Writing Teacher  
Feed-Back from an Apprenticeship Perspective  
Formative Apprenticeship  
Writing for ‘Real’ and ‘Blind’ Reviewers  
The Necessity of Untidy Texts  
The Circularity of Knowing  
‘People Think by Acting’  
Retrospective Preparation?  
Learning from Giving Feedback  
Good Advice for the PhD Student  
Good Advice for the Supervisor  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 8: ‘Get a Life’ or Simply ‘Live Your Life’
Putting an End to Uncertainty?  
Moving Fast or Learning to Live a Researcher’s Life?  
In Search Of a Researcher Identity  
Always In the Middle  
It Is Good To Be Part of Something  
There Is Always Work To Do  
Always Heading Somewhere  
‘Let’s Start Before We’re Ready’  
Stepping Stones for a Future Career  
Good Advice for the PhD Student  
Good Advice for the Supervisor  
Conclusion  
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • A focus on the actual process and value of shared learning is emphasized with the inclusion of research from peer learning groups, contributed narratives, and the authors’ own programs.
  • Inclusion of themes such as joy, experimentation, and creativity serve as guideposts for doctoral learning and ease anxieties regarding performance.
  • End-of-chapter lists of practical tips summarize the main learning points that can be drawn from each chapter.
  • Cross-disciplinary applicability makes the book appropriate for use in such fields as education, political science, and business administration. 

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ISBN: 9781483379449