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The Postgraduate Research Handbook: Succeed with Your MA, MPhil, EdD and PhD



The Postgraduate Research Handbook: Succeed with Your MA, MPhil, EdD and PhD

by  Gina Wisker

Year 2001
ISBN No. 9780333747773
No.of pages 352
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An accessible, rigorous guide through research for all postgraduate students including international students, largely involved in MA, MPhil, EdD and PhD study. Advice, support and both active and reflective tasks take readers through the stages of research. These range from choosing a university and a topic, writing proposals, developing appropriate methodology and methods, carrying out the research, to dealing with the findings and writing up. It also considers such social and cultural issues as working with your supervisor and with other researchers, giving presentations and writing for publication, and being prepared for a successful viva.


Table of contents

Introduction - FIRST STAGE - Starting Research - Starting Your Own Postgraduate Research - Choosing the Right Research Degree - Choosing Your Supervisor - Writing a Research Proposal - SECOND STAGE - Getting Going: Supervisors, Methods and Time - Managing Your Supervisor - Managing the Balancing Act - Managing Your Time and Tasks - Your Learning as a Research Student - Research Questions and Methods - Carrying out a Literature Review - Choosing Appropriate Research Methodologies and Methods - THIRD STAGE - More Detailed Research Methods: Maintaining Momentum - Designing and Using Questionnaires - Action Research and Phenomenography - Qualitative Research Methods: Interviews, Focus Groups and Observation - Using grounded theory, case studies, journals and synectics - Research Methods for the Arts and Humanities - Being Organised: Planning to Undertake Your Research - FOURTH STAGE - Support , Progress and Analysis - Developing a Supportive Research Culture Locally and at a Distance - Problem-based Research and Problem Solving - Analysing Data and Thinking About Findings - Writing Transfer Documents and Progress Reports for MPhil and PhD Thesis - FINAL FIFTH STAGE - Writing Up: the Viva, Presentations and Afterwards - Writing Up: Definitions and Qualities of a Good MA, MPhil and PhD Thesis - Preparing Your Thesis - Preparing for and Undertaking your Viva - Presentations, Conferences and Publishing - Life after the Research - Index


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