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The Postgraduate Research Handbook (2nd Edition)

Succeed with your MA, MPhil, EdD and PhD

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 440
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Macmillan Research Skills

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15 December 2007

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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...

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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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  • Supports readers beyond the submission of their thesis, with pragmatic advice on preparing for the viva, presenting research to colleagues and at conferences and getting published
  • Gives guidance on building in time for unforeseen problems and maintaining momentum
  • Contains a wealth of checklists to prompt reflection and highlight key action points, alongside case studies, examples and suggestions for further reading



  • Fully revised and improved sections on methodology, theorising, engaging with the literature and life after research
  • Additional guidance on developing soft skills, such as communication and time management, and becoming an active member of the academic community


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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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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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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