A Survival Kit for Doctoral Students and Their Supervisors offers a hands-on guide to both students and supervisors on the doctoral journey, helping make the process as enjoyable as it is productive. Drawing on research from peer learning groups, contributed narratives, and their own programs, the authors emphasize the value of the doctoral partnership and the ways in which shared knowledge can facilitate a rewarding journey for students and their advisors. Grounded in theoretical and empirical material, the book helps participants navigate the doctoral process with personal stories and examples from a variety of researchers. A discussion of common challenges and the inclusion of practical tips further enhance the book’s diverse range of helpful resources.
A hands-on guide supporting both students and supervisors on the doctoral journey, helping make the process of achieving a PhD both enjoyable and productive.
Chapter 1: Theoretical Basis of the Book An Apprenticeship Perspective Why Apprenticeship? Things Elites Can Teach Us What Is Apprenticeship In Research And What Can Be Learn From It? The PhD Endeavour as a Journey A Pedagogy of Doing Moving Away From Pure Learning Good Advice for the PhD Student Good Advice for the Supervisor Conclusion Chapter 2: Matching Student and Research Community Successful and Unsuccessful Matching Why Research Talent Is Relationally Defined and Achieved Relational Talents Finding the Right Match What Is Needed To Find The Match? Mismatch Finishing On Time? Why Matching Can Be Difficult Good Advice for the PhD Student Good Advice for the Supervisor Conclusion Chapter 3: Originality and Contribution Making an Impact We Have To Work It Out Ourselves – But How? Developing Voice An Experiment of Disarmament Dismantling Pretentious Scientific Language Complying and Adjustment Questioning the Research Question Good Advice for the PhD Student Good Advice for the Supervisor Conclusion Chapter 4: Making the Most of Obstacles Research as a Creative Endeavor How Can I Contribute and Do Creative Research? Data on Deviations and Research in Everyday Life How Can We Stumble Creatively? Absorption and Deadlines Forced Incubation Apprenticeships and Quick Learning The McDonaldisation of Research Good Advice for the PhD Student Good Advice for the Supervisor Conclusion Chapter 5: Peers and Masters Are Everywhere Distributed Masters Apprenticeship Writing Writing and Identity Formation in Peer Groups Writing Throughout the Journey Networks Writing Groups Do I Have The Time … And The Courage? Life Itself Is a Master Be a Master Yourself Good Advice for the PhD Student Good Advice for the Supervisor Conclusion Chapter 6: Doing Supervision Supervision as Process and Production Co-Authorship as a Pedagogic Practice The Co-Author Study Inviting In—Unconditionally Accepting Idea Testing and Getting the Student to Work Theoretical Framing Focused Asking For Advice and Making Structural Adjustments Fine Tuning and Some Deletions Sharing Completion Extending the Radius of the Research Community A Pedagogy of Doing Good Advice for the PhD Student Good Advice for the Supervisor Conclusion Chapter 7: Feedback – Part of Making It Work A Range Of Options A Good Writer Is Not Necessarily a Good Writing Teacher Feed-Back from an Apprenticeship Perspective Formative Apprenticeship Writing for ‘Real’ and ‘Blind’ Reviewers The Necessity of Untidy Texts The Circularity of Knowing ‘People Think by Acting’ Retrospective Preparation? Learning from Giving Feedback Good Advice for the PhD Student Good Advice for the Supervisor Conclusion Chapter 8: ‘Get a Life’ or Simply ‘Live Your Life’ Putting an End to Uncertainty? Moving Fast or Learning to Live a Researcher’s Life? In Search Of a Researcher Identity Always In the Middle It Is Good To Be Part of Something There Is Always Work To Do Always Heading Somewhere ‘Let’s Start Before We’re Ready’ Stepping Stones for a Future Career Good Advice for the PhD Student Good Advice for the Supervisor Conclusion
"I see this text as different in the sense of looking at the audience, the process, and the adviser relationship from a much more positive perspective. This text takes a more personal, softer look at the dissertation process and serves more to inspire and motivate rather than instill fear."