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 5: Asking “the” question
When I began my PhD in Sociology in the United States, I did not have a specific dissertation question in mind. Rather, I began with a broad set of overarching questions that emerged from particular contradictions, injustices, and peculiarities I saw in the world around me. Given the vast inequities we face as a society, how are we able to address power relationships inherent in altruism, voluntarism, and philanthropy? What does it mean to develop our moral capacities to serve our fellow human beings, given that our human relationships are both informed by and inform larger economic, political, social, and cultural structures? How do we not just study injustice, but address injustice in meaningful ways?
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