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Milestone Moments in Getting your PhD in Qualitative Research

Book Description

Milestone Moments in Getting your PhDin Qualitative Research is a guide for research students completing higher degrees with a focus on the importance of language and terminology of the theoretical and practical requirements of a given research program. The book responds to a lack of preparedness among many entrants into higher-degrees in contemporary higher education. The need among non-traditional entrants into higher-degrees for a strong background in core academic principles is made pressing due to the lack of preparation many students undergo prior to enrolment. This book might be consulted by research students as they proceed through the various milestones that may form part of a higher-degree.



  • Offers guidance to research students working through the stages of a higher degree
  • Provides practical advice on terminology and language
  • Give examples of methodologies, their advantages and disadvantages
  • Grounded in real student experience to offer a practical edge

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. About the authors
  8. Introduction
    1. The purpose of this book
    2. Level
    3. Organization
    4. How to use this book
  9. Part One: Establishing the basis for the PhD
    1. 1: Milestone 1: Clearing the decks
      1. Abstract
      2. Reasons for not doing your PhD
      3. What research is
      4. What your thesis is
      5. Putting the proposal together
      6. Getting the question
      7. Concepts to be engaged
      8. Positioning yourself as the researcher
      9. Negotiating the supervisor
      10. The words used
      11. Suggested reading
    2. 2: Milestone 2: The confirmation or defense of candidature
      1. Abstract
      2. Designing the research
      3. Paradigm
      4. Ethics requirements
      5. Timetable
      6. Budget
      7. Oral presentation
      8. Support groups
      9. The words used
      10. Suggested reading
      11. Suggested reading
    3. 3: Milestone 3: Getting ethics clearance
      1. Abstract
      2. Why ethics?
      3. What ethics clearance is
      4. The ethics committee
      5. Ethics clearance and your research
      6. Identify potential problem areas
      7. Writing the application for ethics clearance
      8. Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Principles of ethical research
      9. Annotated example 1
      10. Annotated example 1 as a model
      11. Annotated example 2
      12. The annotated examples as models
      13. The words used
      14. Approval withheld
      15. Suggested reading
  10. Part Two: Getting the PhD done
    1. Introduction
    2. 4: Milestone 4: The literature review
      1. Abstract
      2. The literature review and your research
      3. A problem area
      4. What a literature review is
      5. First person pronouns and active voice
      6. Generating the reading of the literature
      7. An annotated example
      8. The annotated example as a model
      9. Tensions within the literature
      10. The body of the literature review
      11. Tense
      12. Using helpful software and friends
      13. The words used
      14. Suggested reading
    3. 5: Milestone 5: Methodology
      1. Abstract
      2. Getting the methodology
      3. Poststructuralism
      4. Critical theorists
      5. Feminist theorists
      6. Foucault, Derrida, Lyotard
      7. Reconstructionism
      8. Phenomenology
      9. Symbolic Interactionism
      10. Why this and not that
      11. An annotated example
      12. The annotated example as a model
      13. The words used
      14. Suggested reading
    4. 6: Milestone 6: Method
      1. Abstract
      2. Getting the method
      3. Possible methods
      4. Selection of method
      5. Emics and etics of research
      6. An annotated example
      7. The annotated example as a model
      8. The words used
      9. Suggested reading
    5. 7: Milestone 7: Technique
      1. Abstract
      2. Interview
      3. Focus group
      4. Survey
      5. Observation
      6. Field notes
      7. Wording or phrasing of documents
      8. Diaries/journals
      9. Photographs/film
      10. An annotated example
      11. The annotated example as a model
      12. The words used
      13. Suggested reading
    6. 8: Milestone 8: Collecting the data
      1. Abstract
      2. Getting to data collection
      3. Data collection and methodology
      4. Data collection and method
      5. Data collection and techniques
      6. Data collection instruments
      7. An annotated example
      8. The annotated example as a model
      9. The words used
      10. Suggested reading
    7. 9: Milestone 9: Analyzing the data
      1. Abstract
      2. Getting to data analysis
      3. Data analysis and methodology
      4. An annotated example
      5. The annotated example as a model
      6. The words used
      7. Suggested reading
    8. 10: Milestone 10: Drawing conclusions and making recommendations
      1. Abstract
      2. Why draw conclusions and make recommendations?
      3. Getting to the conclusions and recommendations
      4. An annotated example
      5. The annotated example as a model
      6. The words used
      7. Suggested reading
    9. 11: Milestone 11: Finishing, submitting, and examination
      1. Abstract
      2. Bookending the thesis
      3. Completing the thesis and submitting
      4. Viva voce
      5. Conventions observed
      6. Editing and formatting
      7. After examination
      8. Suggested reading
    10. 12: Milestone 12: Publishing out of your thesis
      1. Abstract
      2. Purpose of publishing
      3. Publication type
      4. Genre
      5. Possibilities for writing
      6. Possibilities for publications
      7. Conclusion
      8. Suggested reading
  11. References
  12. Index