Doctoral Writing Programs

This equates to approximately three to four years’ full-time doctoral study honed down to three to four paragraphs.Good advice on writing the abstract is out there; this post attempts the same for a citation.For some this feels like a tedious task that is yet another bureaucratic requirement in a system that seems to thrive on endless electronic forms and paperwork.

Doctoral study is viewed as a time to learn scientific principles and methods for conducting research.

Such preparation puts you, the graduate, in a unique position to advance the knowledge of the discipline through basic and/or clinical research and to prepare the next generation of professionals. When you first enter your doctoral program, you will be asked to develop a plan of study while beginning coursework during the first year. On completion of your coursework, an evaluation takes place in the form of a comprehensive examination that determines the extent of your current knowledge and/or readiness for conducting a dissertation research project. The dissertation project is a research study that is designed, conducted, and written by you, the Ph D student.

Continue reading Today’s guest bloggers, Ana María Benton and Ian Brailsford, write to us from New Zealand.

Ana María Benton holds a doctoral degree in education and is a language learning adviser within English Language Enrichment (Libraries and Learning Services: Te Tumu Herenga) at the University of Auckland.

Continue reading By Cally Guerin Researcher development workshops are increasingly focused on what is learnt during the doctorate that graduates take into their non-academic jobs on graduation.

Here at Doctoral Writing we usually concentrate on the kind of writing that is undertaken during the doctorate, but much of that is building a skillset that is invaluable outside the academy too.

I am concerned with what might be called journaling or diary-keeping, that is, writing NOT necessarily undertaken with an explicit intention (at least at the outset) to become part of the published thesis or journal paper.

Quantitative research often requires the keeping of careful notes and records in official Lab Books—but here my focus is the less formal, non-compulsory note-taking associated with qualitative research.

Despite this wide array of exciting developments in the field of doctoral writing, as scholars who research in this area we continue to have some fundamental concerns that we are pondering and puzzling over.

Universities within the United States are very similar in how they structure their doctoral programs in communication sciences and disorders (CSD).


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