Postgraduate Research Handbook

ISBN-10: 0230521304
ISBN-13: 9780230521308
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
Authors: Gina Wisker
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List price: $39.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 10/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

The second edition of this best-selling book will be as lively and accessible as the first edition. As a book, it helps to keep students' momentum going, helps them enjoy the process of research and ultimately ensures they can produce a high quality dissertation or thesis. 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. It is the ideal companion for postgraduate students studying for an MA, MPhil, EdD or PhD, and will be useful for those supervisors looking for extra support for their students.

Gina has worked in educational development for over 25 years, and in 2005 was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for her work in teaching and learning. She is the author ofnbsp; The Undergraduate Research Handbook,nbsp;The Postgraduate Research Handbook and The Good Supervisor .

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
What the book does not do
What the book does and how it is structured
Starting Research
Starting Your Postgraduate Research
Why do an MA, MPhil, PhD or other Doctorate?
Planning, key issues and suggestions
Starting to think about developing a hypothesis and/or research questions
Choosing the Right Research Degree
Types of degree
Varieties of research degree
Choosing your university and supervisor
Choosing Your Supervisor(s)
Introduction
Choosing your supervisor, and internal regulations
Working with your supervisors: initial contracts and contacts
Managing your supervisor
Things to ask/not to ask your supervisor(s)
Planning to get the most from your supervisor
What research students can expect of supervisors - a brief summary
Stages of supervisions - what you might expect at different stages
Planning work and supervisions
Research Questions and Hypotheses
Developing research questions or hypotheses for research proposals and the research
The research process
Stating your title
Research questions
Key stages - developing a hypothesis or research questions
'Operationalising' a concept
Boundaries and gaps
What kind of research is yours going to be?
Stages of asking the research question
Research Methodologies
Choosing research methodologies
Methodology
Research approaches
Methodology, worldview, methods, data and research
Using qualitative and quantitative research methods together
Conceptual Frameworks
Research paradigms and perspectives
Some examples of areas
Ethics and Confidentiality
Typical procedures and their history
Writing a Research Proposal
What do you want to research? How you can draw up a good proposal
Getting Going - Supervisors, Time and Community
Managing Your Supervisor(s)
Planning work and supervisions
Learning contracts
Managing the Balancing Act
Balancing what?
Varieties of roles and activities - an audit
What kind of balancing act suits you?
Managing Your Time and Tasks
Good planning: long-, medium- and short-term management of time
Overall planning and the cycle of research
Learning as a Research Student - Learning Approaches, Styles and Pitfalls
Learning styles: deep, surface and strategic learning
Disciplines
What kind of learner are you?
Developing a Supportive Research Culture Locally and at a Distance
Group/project team supervisions
Self-managed groups and networks
Peer pairing
Peer support systems over a distance
Using electronic and video links to support research students in their work
Different modes of contact explored
Other peer-support systems - establishing a research culture
Carrying Out the Research and Starting to Write
Carrying out a Literature Review - Developing the Theoretical Perspectives Chapter
A literature review/theoretical perspectives chapter
International students - some particular issues
Carrying out the literature review
Writing the theoretical perspectives chapter
Methods in Brief
Quantitative research methods - designing and using questionnaires
Qualitative research methods - interviews, focus groups and observation
Using Grounded Theory, Case Studies, Journals and Synectics
Grounded theory
Case studies
Journals
Synectics
Action Research and Practitioner-based Research
Benefits of practitioner-based research
Possible pitfalls or problems
Action research
Phenomenography
Problem-based or Enquiry-based Research and Problem Solving
Stages of problem-based or enquiry-based research
Case study
Research Methods for the Arts and Humanities
The documenting, critiquing and creative continuum
The form and shape of arts and humanities theses
Researching your own creative work/using the creative in your research work
Support, Progress, Analysis, Writing Up, The Viva, Presentations and Afterwards
Being Organised, Keeping Records, Writing Up, Stage-by-Stage
Time and task plan - key stages and obvious potentially difficult moments
Writing the Thesis or Dissertation
Developing the framework of different chapters
The shape of the thesis as it develops
Models
Elements of the structure of the thesis explained - and variants discussed
Overcoming Writing Blocks and Learning from Feedback
Writing
Analysis of narratives, interviews, interactions, cases
Some ideas about the writing habit
Developing writing
Analysing Data and Thinking about Findings
Making sense of your data - interpretation and findings
Managing data, both quantitative and qualitative
Annotating
Summarising and generalising
Qualitative data activity
Documentary analysis
Findings
Learning from Feedback
Working with supervisor and other feedback
Writing Transfer Documents and Progress Reports for MPhil, EdD and PhD Theses
Open University (OU) EdD
Transfer to a PhD
MPhil, PhD and EdD - scope and differences
Presentation issues to bear in mind as you carry on with your work
Writing Up: Definitions and Qualities of a Good MA, MPhil, EdD and PhD Thesis
The Master's dissertation or thesis
The EdD
Definitions of a good dissertation or thesis
Positive features in a successful MPhil and PhD
Writing up
Preparing Your Thesis and Dissertation - Coherence, Conclusions and Conceptual Level Work
The proposal - revisited
Preparing for and Undertaking Your Viva
Being prepared
Postgraduate viva
Generic questions
Stress management
The viva voce - a brief outline
Dealing with Corrections - Life after the Viva...
What next?
Celebrate
Presentations, Conferences and Publishing
Plan
Prepare
Practise
Presentation
Publications
Life After the Research
'Is there life after the research?'
Bibliography
Index

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