Acknowledgements. Preface. Part 1: KNOWLEDGE-MAKING IN DOCTORAL PROGRAMS. 1. The Importance of Doctoral Study. 2. Doctoral Study and Disciplinary Learning. 3. Socialisation. Part 2: LEARNING IN KNOWLEDGE-MAKING CULTURES. 4. Induction Processes. 5. Exploring the Research Environment. 6. Coping in the Arena. 7. Linguistic Acceptability. Part 3. FOUNDATIONS AND NEW HORIZONS. 8. Achieving Socialization Learning in a Changing Environment. 9. Improving the Doctoral Experience Continuing Issues in Doctoral Study. References.
Generic advice in earning a PhD usually falls short of relevance, because of differences in the degree path from one discipline to another. Yet doctoral candidates and their supervisors know this process is governed by protocols and parameters - often implicit - that must be understood and mastered. This book explores these protocols.
Reports the findings from a large-scale empirical investigation centred around the nature of knowledge-making and knowledge in a wide range of academic disciplines
Gives voice to the experiences of more than one hundred supervisors and as many doctoral candidates who detail what they are learning, how they are learning it, and what kinds of intellectual and social issues they face in their individual research settings
Provides an analysis of 26 doctoral theses representing a wide range of fields of knowledge and academic disciplines, accounting for conventions for citation and acknowledgement, reporting structures, linguistic conventions governing the nature of argument and more
Offers a well-informed explanation of cognitive and social barriers to success among doctoral candidates and shows why these differ markedly across academic disciplines
Accounts for the changing nature of doctoral degrees and their markets in the global marketplace, and the implications for doctoral candidates, supervisors and institutions