Chapter 13: Getting your research philosophy clear
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In this chapter, the author shares her experiences as a part-time doctoral student at a UK university, including how she managed to clarify her thoughts and what she learnt during the process. She begins by outlining the importance of research philosophy. Next, she explores its complexity. She continues by describing her progress, including a crucial eureka moment in which she realised what type of philosophical stance would be most suitable for her thesis. Following this, she provides advice on where to get help, before suggesting what to do when your philosophy is questioned. Finally, she reflects on her progress since completing her PhD and offers some key learning points, which will be of use to anyone presently at work on a doctoral thesis.

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