Confirmation of candidature: an autoethnographic reflection from the dual identities of student and research administrator

Bartlett, Cristy L. and Eacersall, Douglas C. (2019) Confirmation of candidature: an autoethnographic reflection from the dual identities of student and research administrator. In: Traversing the doctorate: reflections and strategies from students, supervisors and administrators. Palgrave Studies in Education Research Methods. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 29-56. ISBN 978-3-030-23730-1


Abstract

The confirmation of candidature is a significant milestone in Higher Degree by Research programs. As research administrators, and as doctoral candidates ourselves, we have observed and experienced many different approaches to the confirmation of candidature process. In this chapter we describe the confirmation of candidature process at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) with a brief comparison to other institutions’ processes. We use an autoethnographic approach to discuss the positive aspects of the confirmation of candidature process for research candidates with the aim of providing a rationale for the process and to answer the ‘why do I have to do this?’ question we are often asked in our research administrator roles. The chapter includes a set of useful and practical strategies that will assist research students to successfully complete the confirmation of candidature milestone. It is hoped that this information will be useful to research students, supervisors of research students, and the academic and administrative staff that are involved in the confirmation of candidature process.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version embargoed until 1 November 2020 (12 months), in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Library
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Education Portfolio (1 Jan 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2019 23:47
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2020 02:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: confirmation of candidature; research training; higher degree by research; doctoral
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-23731-8
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37313

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