Traversing the doctorate: situating scholarship and identifying issues

Machin, Tanya M. ORCID: and Clara, Marc and Danaher, Patrick Alan ORCID: (2019) Traversing the doctorate: situating scholarship and identifying issues. In: Traversing the doctorate: reflections and strategies from students, supervisors and administrators. Palgrave Studies in Education Research Methods. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 1-12. ISBN 978-3-030-23730-1


The scholarship attending doctoral study and supervision is growing rapidly, yet in many ways successful approaches to traversing the doctorate remain idiosyncratic, even mysterious. Accordingly, it is timely to situate the terrain occupied by that scholarship, and to identify the accompanying issues and proposed strategies for engaging with those issues. This situating and identification draw on literature about doctoral study and supervision distilled from the sometimes divergent perspectives of students, supervisors and administrators. The chapter also outlines the book’s structure and organising questions, and explains the techniques for maximising its rigour. From that perspective, traversing the doctorate emerges as a fundamentally worthwhile, yet complex and multifaceted, enterprise that warrants ongoing evaluation and continuing professionalisation.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2019 06:50
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2020 20:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: doctoral study, doctoral supervision, doctoral administration, doctoral programs, doctoral experiences
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
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