What is it like to undergo the process of doing a doctorate? This book provides an insight into life as a research student; the elation, the guilt, the isolation, the self-doubt, the loneliness. It provides guidance on the practical issues - such as choosing a topic, finding funding, writing a research proposal, different methods of research, the literature review, academic writing, the question of 'truth' in research, the relationship between student and supervisor, maintaining a clear focus, and the viva examination. It is invaluable reading for anyone thinking about, embarking on or completing a PhD.
Dr Lucy Russell lectures on the Primary BA Ed and Primary and Secondary PGCE courses at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Prior to that she was a History teacher in a Secondary School in Kent. She regularly writes for the TES.
Introduction; Chapter 1: Can you write a prescription?; What is a PhD?; Why do a PhD?; Chapter 2: A penny for your thoughts; Writing a research proposal; Finding funding; Chapter 3: Pen to Paper; Writing your thesis; Writing for different audiences; Chapter 4: What is a 'paradigm'?; The language of The Academy; Chapter 5: Questions, questions... Does truth exist?; Can there ever be a completely objective piece of research?; Situating yourself in the research; Chapter 6: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?; Writing the methodology - it underpins the thesis, but do you write it as a 'map' to follow, or do you sketch where you've been when the journey is complete?; Chapter 7: Quiche and Boiled Cabbage; Letter writing, interviewing and transcribing; Chapter 8: Have you got 20:20 vision?; Maintaining a clear focus and avoiding blind alleys; The role of the supervisor; Chapter 9: Don't leave hostages to fortune; The Viva Voce.