Reasons for Doctoral non-completion; one non-completing Doctoral student’s voice on limitations in the academic literature

Philpott, Carey (2014) Reasons for Doctoral non-completion; one non-completing Doctoral student’s voice on limitations in the academic literature. Practitioner Research in Higher Education, 9 (1). pp. 67-72.

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Abstract

Timely completion has recently been an important focus of academic literature on supervising Doctoral students. This paper is a reflection on the academic literature on timely doctoral completion by a former Doctoral student who has been a serial non-completer. This reflection explores whether academics’ constructions, reported in the research literature, of the causes and symptoms of doctoral non-completion relate to this student’s experience. The reflection concludes that there is a significant blind spot in the Doctoral non-completion literature. This blind spot relates to a possible mismatch between students’ and academics’ conceptions of research. In addition to this conclusion, the paper is a small exemplification of educators using their own autobiographies as learners as a method for critical reflection on practice. It also considers the possibility of developing this approach into autoethnography.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Practitioner Research in Higher Education
Publisher: University of Cumbria
ISSN: 1755-1382
Departments: Non-Initial Teacher Education (Non-ITE)
Additional Information: Carey Philpott, University of Strathclyde, UK.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 25 May 2018 13:51
Last Modified: 26 May 2018 17:54
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3865

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