How to Keep your Doctorate on Track
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How to Keep your Doctorate on Track

Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences

Edited by Keith Townsend, Mark N.K. Saunders, Rebecca Loudoun and Emily A. Morrison

The path of a doctoral student can feel challenging and isolating. This guide provides doctoral students with key ideas and support to kick-start a doctoral journey, inspire progress and complete their thesis or dissertation. Featuring observations from experienced supervisors, as well as the reflections of current and recent postgraduate researchers, this intimate and entertaining book offers vital insights into the critical moments in any doctoral experience.
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Chapter 30: Letters from a doctoral researcher to a data collection advice column … and the responses

Sharon F. Lambert

Abstract

Following a brief introduction, the chapter presents letters from doctoral researchers to a doctoral advisor, in which questions addressing several challenging data collection scenarios are posed. The letters are inspired by the author’s own experiences as a doctoral student and professor, as well as drawing from conversations and collaborations with other doctoral students, colleagues, advisors, and mentors. Intended to cover the entire data collection process, the letters begin with recruiting participants and continue to decisions about how to manage collected data. The letters are organized into three sections that approximate stages before, during, and after data collection: recruitment and project design; data collection; and data management. At the end of the chapter, four data collection lessons are provided, concerning all three stages of the data collection process.

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