The Postgraduate Research Handbook

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

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This lively and rigorous book provides guidance on planning and conducting postgraduate research. Divided into four parts, each of which looks at a different stage of the process, it covers everything from choosing a research area and selecting appropriate methodologies to analysing data and learning from feedback. Chapters contain both active and reflective tasks to help readers develop the skills needed to produce a high-quality dissertation or thesis and offer supportive advice on establishing successful working relationships with supervisors and peers.

Clear and accessible in its approach, this book is an indispensable introduction to successful research for postgraduates of all disciplines.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 26mm | 557.92g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Palgrave
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd ed. 2007
  • 440 p.
  • 0230521304
  • 9780230521308
  • 121,728

About Gina Wisker

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
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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.
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