The Unwritten Rules of Phd Research

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2010-02-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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This bestselling book on the process of PhD research provides readers with engaging discussion and comprehensive guidance on aspects that other books don't usually mention.Covering all the key topics of the previous edition, including what a PhD is really about, how to do one well, how to decipher what your supervisor actually means by terms like 'good referencing' and 'clean research question', and how to design, report and defend your research,the authors continue to offer an accessible, down-to-earth, and insightful account of the whole PhD process. Their advice addresses how to avoid some of the pitfalls en route to a successful submission.Updated throughout, the new edition includes new material on: Critical thinking Research skills The route to research independence Different models of study The Unwritten Rules of PhD Researchis essential reading for anyone considering a PhD or embarking on one. It will tell you the things many students wish someone had told them before they started.

Author Biography

Dr Marian Petre is Professor of Computing at the Open University, UK, and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder. Her experience includes estiablishing a PhD programme, running doctoral consortia at international conferences, ginving tutorials on research methods in the UK, US and Europe, and presenting research workshops for PhD students as well as supervising and examining doctoral students.
Dr Gordon Rugg is a former field archaeologist and English lecturer turned computer scientist, who is now head of the Knowledge Modelling Group at Keele University. He is the author of Using Statistics (Open Uniersity Press 2007).

Table of Contents

Preface to the first editionp. ix
Preface to the second editionp. x
About this bookp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
So you want to do a PhD?p. 1
What is a PhD?p. 2
Cabinet-making - the PhD as a 'master piece'p. 4
Cabinet-making skillsp. 6
Instrumental and expressive behaviourp. 8
Necessary skillsp. 10
Criteria for a PhD: some reassurancep. 13
The many shapes of the PhDp. 17
Phasesp. 18
Milestonesp. 19
Different models of studyp. 21
Different models of supervisionp. 24
Different models of thesesp. 26
About processes and proceduresp. 27
The route to research independencep. 30
What does it mean to be an 'independent researcher'?p. 33
How skills are embodied in the research programme and dissertationp. 34
Developing and documenting skillsp. 34
How to become an international researcherp. 37
Supervisionp. 43
The role of the supervisorp. 45
The role of the student, or managing expectationsp. 47
Getting the most from supervisory meetingsp. 48
Effective debatep. 49
Establishing a good relationshipp. 51
Prevention is better than curep. 54
Strategies for when things go wrongp. 54
Cardinal rulesp. 56
Networksp. 58
Building a networkp. 59
Tools for networkingp. 60
First contact - cold callsp. 62
People you should remember to include in your networkp. 64
Readingp. 67
Why read?p. 68
Finding the right references: where do I start?p. 71
Online searchingp. 72
Other sources of informationp. 76
Reading between the lines of a paper or dissertationp. 77
Literature reviewsp. 79
Using material from the literaturep. 81
Keeping an annotated bibliographyp. 82
Paper typesp. 86
Data-driven papersp. 87
Methods papersp. 89
Theoretical papersp. 90
Consciousness-raising papersp. 91
Agenda-setting papersp. 92
Review papersp. 92
Position papersp. 93
Conclusionp. 93
Research designp. 95
Designing empirical studies: three key stepsp. 96
Types of research and research focus: machetes and magnifying glassesp. 102
Ethicsp. 106
Tales of horror and how to avoid themp. 108
The three ignoble truths (with apologies to the three noble truths)p. 111
Critical thinkingp. 113
Reprise on a theme: research is a discoursep. 114
Critical thinking and how it is manifestp. 116
What's theory got to do with it?p. 117
Style, epistemology and rigourp. 118
More about evidencep. 121
Giving structure to thinkingp. 124
Writingp. 128
What will you need to write?p. 129
The dissertation: core conceptsp. 130
Dissertation FAQsp. 130
Journal papersp. 132
The process of publicationp. 135
Papers from thesesp. l38
Paper checklistp. 140
Writing structure and stylep. 142
Writing stylep. 143
Academic style: an examplep. 149
Academic style: sending signalsp. 150
Writing structurep. 153
Academic style: summaryp. 158
The process of writingp. 159
Removing distractionsp. 160
Getting startedp. 160
Surprising yourselfp. 162
Finding a focusp. 162
Keeping goingp. 163
Obstaclesp. 163
Allow time for reflection, review and housekeepingp. 168
Presentationsp. 170
Contentp. 171
Formp. 174
Other handy tipsp. 178
The three golden rules of public speakingp. 182
A brief checklist for presentationsp. 182
Conferencesp. 183
The conference process: a novice's perspectivep. 184
The organizers' viewpointp. 187
Miscellaneous good advicep. 189
Getting the most out of networking at a conference - a checklistp. 190
The vivap. 192
Stories of nasty surprisesp. 193
Behind the scenesp. 195
The day of the vivap. 197
Preparing yourselfp. 202
Handling revisionsp. 205
The viva: hints, lists and things to rememberp. 207
Generic viva questionsp. 212
Sabotage and salvationp. 214
Reputationsp. 215
Destructive habitsp. 216
Time, sensible planning and useful displacement activitiesp. 219
Constructive habitsp. 222
Professional etiquette: respecting working relationshipsp. 225
What next?p. 227
Career goalsp. 228
Academia or elsewhere?p. 230
Academic career typesp. 232
Various other thingsp. 234
Identifying opportunitiesp. 235
Writing a CVp. 236
Applications and cover lettersp. 239
Job interviewsp. 239
Closing thoughtsp. 249
Some useful termsp. 251
Some further readingp. 257
Indexp. 262
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