How to Keep Your Research Project on Track
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How to Keep Your Research Project on Track

Insights from When Things Go Wrong

Edited by Keith Townsend and Mark N.K. Saunders

Research can be a lonely path and there are myriad challenges and problems to face with any research project. In this research methods book, novice and experienced researchers tell stories of when things went wrong in their research projects. Drawing on real life experiences, researchers from post graduate research students to experienced professors will benefit from these insider insights, advice and lessons about the practical difficulties and how they may be addressed. The result is an engaging read and a helpful and reassuring guide to the research process. Arranged as a series of chapters interspersed with vignettes the researchers’ stories provide the reader with insights into different facets and stages of the research process from finding a supervisor thorough designing surveys and conducting interviews and analysing data, to re-writing and dealing with feedback. It will be invaluable for doctoral and more experienced researchers grappling with the realities of undertaking research.
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Chapter 5: ‘Finders, keepers, losers, weepers!’ A doctoral candidate’s reality of changing thesis advisors

Polly Black

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This chapter looks at what happens when a student’s director of studies changes universities, and the consequent considerations around following or not following. This is the story of a student to whom this happened twice, and the upheavals that it entailed, not least starting over.

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