But what makes it doctoral?: taking on the traditionalists: interdisciplinary, practice-led doctoral research in the creative industries: a case study in academic politics, research, rigour and relevance

Willems, Christiaan (2010) But what makes it doctoral?: taking on the traditionalists: interdisciplinary, practice-led doctoral research in the creative industries: a case study in academic politics, research, rigour and relevance. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 5 (7). pp. 331-345. ISSN 1833-1882

Abstract

This paper examines a Doctoral journey of interdisciplinary exploration, explication, examination...and exasperation. In choosing to pursue a practice-led doctorate I had determined from the outset that 'writing 100,000 words that only two people ever read', was not something which interested me. Hence, the oft-asked question of 'what kind of doctorate' I was engaged in, consistently elicited the response, 'a useful one'. In order to satisfy my own imperatives of authenticity and usefulness, my doctoral research had to clearly demonstrate relevance to; productively inform; engage with; and add value to: wider professional field(s) of practice; students in the university courses I teach; and the broader community - not just the academic community. Consequently, over the course of my research, the question, 'But what makes it Doctoral?' consistently resounded and resonated. Answering that question, to satisfy not only the traditionalists asking it but, perhaps surprisingly, some academic innovators - and more particularly, myself as researcher - revealed academic/political inconsistencies and issues which challenged both the fundamental assumptions and actuality of practice-led research.
This paper examines some of those inconsistencies, issues and challenges and provides at least one possible answer to the question: 'But what makes it Doctoral?'


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Common Ground, Christiaan Willems. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 00:05
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2015 01:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: practice-led research; practice-based research; research validity; research relevance; doctoralness; authentic research
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220202 History and Philosophy of Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20790

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