Follow the Arrows: Tracing the Underlying Structure of a Doctorate

Kandiko, Camille B. and Kinchin, Ian M. (2012) Follow the Arrows: Tracing the Underlying Structure of a Doctorate. In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the Fifth Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. University of Malta, Valetta, Malta, pp. 236-243. ISBN 978-99957-0-308-0

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his paper reports on the results of a four year longitudinal study of PhD students and their supervisors. The students were all registered in lab-based PhDs within a research-intensive university within the UK. Sequential concept map-mediated interviews were used to gain insight to the students’ and supervisors’ perspectives on the content and the process of gaining a doctorate. The evidence gained suggested that the students tend to focus on the PhD in terms of a product to be completed (in terms of writing a thesis and writing for peer-reviewed journals), whilst the supervisors tended to concentrate more on the process of learning and scientific development, placing the student’s contribution into the wider disciplinary discourse. The structural observations from the concept maps generated within this study are that the students perceive the PhD as a linear structure, whereas the supervisors are more likely to generate a cyclic structure to illustrate the dynamic, iterative processes of research more generally. Further structural elements emerge from the analysis of the maps, indicating the need for holistic understanding of the content, structure and meanings in concept maps.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2012
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2012 07:26
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2012 11:37

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