A juggling act: Supervisor/candidate partnership in a doctoral thesis by publication

Nethsinghe, R and Southcott, J 2015, 'A juggling act: Supervisor/candidate partnership in a doctoral thesis by publication', International Journal of Doctoral Studies, vol. 10, pp. 167-185.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title A juggling act: Supervisor/candidate partnership in a doctoral thesis by publication
Author(s) Nethsinghe, R
Southcott, J
Year 2015
Journal name International Journal of Doctoral Studies
Volume number 10
Start page 167
End page 185
Total pages 19
Publisher Informing Science Institute
Abstract Increasingly doctoral candidates are attempting to complete a thesis by publication. This format varies between universities but there are common issues particularly in terms of progression, planning and timing. There are both advantages and difficulties involved in undertaking a thesis in this format. Our discussion of the supervisor/candidate partnership is framed within the requirements of a tight journal publishing agenda. Different universities have different requirements about the number of published papers to be included, the extent of candidate's contribution as sole or joint author, the framing of the research as a unified thesis, presentation, and examination. The decision to attempt a thesis by publication must be taken early and data collection may need to be completed early. Articles then need to be written, polished, submitted, reviewed, revised and, hopefully, accepted. The thesis by publication is a juggling act between maintaining coherence and focusing on publishable segments. It is also a dialogue between supervisor and candidate involving the resolution of sometimes conflicting demands. Employing Cognitive Apprenticeship theory we present a shared autophenomenography that chronicles our doctoral journey that led to a successful thesis by publication. The findings are discussed under thematic headings: Logistics, Cognitive Apprenticeship in Action, and Building Trust.
Subject Education not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Doctoral supervision
thesis with publication
cognitive apprenticeship
mentoring
building trust
shared autophenomenography
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