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

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

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By (author) Gina Wisker

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 440 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 26mm | 558g
  • Publication date: 26 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230521304
  • ISBN 13: 9780230521308
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
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  • Sales rank: 84,912

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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.

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GINA WISKER is Head of the Centre of Learning and Teaching at the University of Brighton, UK. In 2005, she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for her work in learning support. She is the author of The Good Supervisor.

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'...I would highly recommend this book not only to anyone considering undertaking a research degree, but also to those who are already involved in one...I have personally found many of the sections to be very helpful and reassuring...' - Sue Pavey, International Journal of Research& Method in Education

Table of contents

Introduction PART ONE: FIRST STAGE Starting Research Starting Your Own Postgraduate Research Choosing the Right Research Degree Choosing Your Supervisor Writing a Research Proposal PART TWO: 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 PART THREE: 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 PART FOUR: 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 PART FIVE: 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