Stepping Stones to Achieving Your Doctorate: By Focusing on Your Viva from the Start

Stepping Stones to Achieving Your Doctorate: By Focusing on Your Viva from the Start

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By (author) Vernon Trafford, By (author) Shosh Leshem


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  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 18mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Milton Keynes
  • ISBN 10: 0335225438
  • ISBN 13: 9780335225439
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 141,976

Product description

The starting point to achieve your doctorate is to appreciate how examiners examine doctoral theses. The criteria that examiners use, the questions they ask in vivas and their reports provide templates against which theses are judged. 'So, why not start from this end-point to plan, undertake, write and defend your research? This book focuses specifically on how doctoral candidates can raise levels of thinking about their topic, their research process and their contribution(s) to knowledge. It emphasises the nature of conceptualization sought by examiners within theses.Candidates 'start to prepare for their viva' as they plan, undertake and write-up their research so that their text addresses those essential characteristics of doctorateness which examiners look for in a 'good thesis.' Thus, this book is based upon contemporary practice to help candidates achieve their doctorate. The practicality of the book is how it identifies what candidates need to address in order to demonstrate doctorateness. It includes extracts from theses, examiner reports and cameo accounts from examiners, supervisors and candidates of doctoral 'experiences'. Plus, it contains numerous visual models that explain relationships and processes for you to apply and use. This book is suitable for doctoral candidates, supervisors and examiners.

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Author information

Professor Vernon Trafford and Dr. Shosh Leshem have collaborated on researching into, and publishing on, the nature of doctorateness since 2002. Vernon is Professor of Education at the Faculty of Education, Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Shosh is Head of Teacher Training at Oranim Academic College of Education, Israel, and also lectures in TEFL at the Faculty of Teaching, Haifa University.

Table of contents

Introduction The end is where we start from What is doctorateness? Architecture of the doctoral thesis Exploiting the literature Thinking about research design What's in a word? How to conclude your thesis in one chapter The abstract The magic circle Preparing for the viva Dynamics of the doctoral viva Epilogue