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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Getting to Grips with Doctoral Research

ISBN 9780230369559
Publication Date December 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Research Skills

Confused about your doctoral studies? Not sure what's required but unable to ask? This book can help! Aware of the difficulties faced by many doctoral students, it clarifies common concerns about the processes, conventions and expectations involved and helps to avoid needless mistakes that can be costly in terms of time, money and research quality.

MARGARET WALSHAW is a Professor and a Research Director at Massey University, New Zealand. She has undertaken research with students on doctoral engagement and has a wealth of experience as a doctoral supervisor and a doctorate programme coordinator. She is the author of several articles on education and is an associate editor of the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education (JMTE). Her book publications include Working with Foucault in Education, Mathematics Education within the Postmodern and Unpacking Pedagogy: New Perspectives for Mathematics Classrooms.

Getting Started
Getting a Handle on the Topic, Questions and the Literature
Getting Close to Theory
Getting Designs on Methods
Getting Underway with the Research Proposal
Getting Alongside Support
Getting on with Writing
Getting Examined
Getting Your Research 'Out There'
Further Reading


I have been really enthused through reading this book and would have no hesitation in recommending it to students and colleagues alike as it is so well written and current for today's market. This publication has all the makings of a bestseller.' - Dr. Ian Taylor, University of Brighton, UK
'I would definitely recommend this book to students who are accepted into PhD programmes. As I was reading it, I kept thinking about my own experience as a doctoral student and going through the process - and how spot on the book is!' - Professor Kristen Williams, Clark University, USA
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