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Merrel Knox

The title of this chapter reflects the journey taken by doctoral students and scholars, a voyage of discovery that involves examining and re-examining research questions, methods and decisions, and making sense of it all. The author draws on her own PhD experiences to address a number of areas. She starts by discussing her research question, before looking at justifying methods and the supervisory process. She also articulates her research position, recalling what she wanted to do (the desirable) versus what was possible. Furthermore, she shows how she adapted her research methods and describes her learning along the doctoral route. Having noted that choosing and justifying research methods provides a key learning process, she offers five lessons for keeping your doctorate on track.