Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences
Edited by Keith Townsend, Mark N.K. Saunders, Rebecca Loudoun and Emily A. Morrison
- How to Keep your Doctorate on Track
- About the editors
- Chapter 1: What we wish we had known: lessons learned to keep your doctorate on track
- Chapter 2: Choosing your topic: a supervisor perspective
- Chapter 3: ‘Begin at the beginning’: identifying ideas for a PhD
- Chapter 4: ‘I want to do it because I want to do it’: boarding flight PhD
- Chapter 5: Asking “the” question
- Chapter 6: Whose doctorate is it anyway? How students and supervisors can work well together
- Chapter 7: When an orchestra misses its harmony (or how I learnt to work with my supervisors)
- Chapter 8: ‘How much time do I get?????’
- Chapter 9: Views from the top and views of the valley: the paths of dissertation literature reviews
- Chapter 10: Critically reviewing the literature: the ghosts of literature present, past and future
- Chapter 11: Reading academic papers: visiting and re-visiting old friends
- Chapter 12: Research philosophies and why they matter
- Chapter 13: Getting your research philosophy clear
- Chapter 14: Changing philosophy (aka the only PhD is a finished PhD)
- Chapter 15: Designing and conducting a quantitative study: lessons learned from work, home, and school
- Chapter 16: Strategies for analysing qualitative data: how to get started with making sense of all that material you’ve collected
- Chapter 17: Discovering statistics and developing a quantitative research design
- Chapter 18: Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, how am I making sense of it all?
- Chapter 19: Too much of a good thing – tradeoffs between training and completion?
- Chapter 20: Critical feedback: transforming criticisms into indispensable insights
- Chapter 21: ‘They think I’m stupid’: dealing with supervisor feedback
- Chapter 22: No book or resource has all the answers
- Chapter 23: “Ok Google … since when did you join my supervision team?”
- Chapter 24: Embracing research ethics: from cognitive walk-through to reflexive journey
- Chapter 25: Gaining ethical approval
- Chapter 26: But I am just going home: research ethics and student safety
- Chapter 27: Organizational governance: the final hurdles for research approval
- Chapter 28: Wearing skirts and writing like a woman: a winding road to gaining access to research
- Chapter 29: Gaining access to apparently easy informants
- Chapter 30: Letters from a doctoral researcher to a data collection advice column … and the responses
- Chapter 31: Addressing power differentials and managing egos: how to collect reliable qualitative data when researching ‘elites’
- Chapter 32: Time is waiting in the wings
- Chapter 33: Navigating the supervisory relationship: the case of the disappearing supervisors
- Chapter 34: Managing time and maintaining focus
- Chapter 35: Tightrope walking: balancing the dynamic tensions of the doctoral process
- Chapter 36: Keeping your life on track: living one spoon at a time
- Chapter 37: Opportunities and challenges of studying abroad
- Chapter 38: Keeping life and career on track as anon-traditional doctorate student
- Chapter 39: Finders, keepers, losers, weepers! A doctoral candidate’s reality of changing thesis advisors
- Chapter 40: To leave or not to leave your Alma Mater
- Chapter 41: My journey
- Chapter 42: Eat, sleep, redraft, repeat
- Chapter 43: Challenges in writing up qualitative findings
- Chapter 44: The power to write
- Chapter 45: Writing your thesis quickly and well
- Chapter 46: Rewriting and overcoming writer’s block
- Chapter 47: Overcoming writer’s block (and submission anxiety)
- Chapter 48: The final mile: avoiding and overcoming viva trip-ups
- Chapter 49: My viva voce examination: a rollercoaster!
- Chapter 50: Let me defend myself (or at least my thesis)
- Chapter 51: Networking with academics to solve your PhD puzzle
- Chapter 52: Are conferences worth attending as a graduate student? Reflections and lessons from a former graduate student
- Chapter 53: A tale of three dissertations: experiences of transforming mentored research into an article
- Chapter 54: How can you publish from your dissertation?
- Chapter 55: Publishing from your thesis
- Chapter 56: Getting the first academic job
- Chapter 57: Beyond the doctorate: getting your first job
- Chapter 58: Publications, what publications?
- Chapter 59: Balancing act
Chapter 44: The power to write
Almost as soon as I started my doctoral studies, my writing stalled. I was surprised because I had engaged with research as early as my undergraduate years and even co-authored four journal articles before starting my doctorate. What was wrong with me? My writing soul had caught an infection. Like many doctoral students, I sat at my computer hour after hour, trying to figure out, “What should I write?” or “Is this good enough?” Academic writing seemed daunting, isolating, and a monster that must be defeated through one-on-one combat. What I didn’t realize was that I was not alone. My peers and even my professors faced the same struggles.
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