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Helping Doctoral Students Write: Pedagogies for Supervision by Barbara Kamler, Pat Thomson

By Barbara Kamler, Pat Thomson

This crucial consultant bargains a brand new method of doctoral writing, written in particular for doctoral supervisors. Rejecting the DIY web content and manuals that advertise a privatised skills-based method of writing study, Kamler and Thomson offer a brand new framework for scholarly paintings to assist doctorate scholars produce transparent and well-argued dissertations. Drawing on a variety of examine and hands-on adventure, the authors argue that making an unique contribution to scholarly wisdom calls for doctoral applicants to do either textual content and id paintings. Their dialogue of the complexities of forming a scholarly identification is illustrated via the tales and writing of real doctoral students.

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But such advice is often not sufficient. The dinner party metaphor can help here. The doctoral researcher can make her dinner party a dull affair where all the guests speak one after another, but engage in little interaction, debate or challenge. Or her soirée can be one in which she serially holds the floor, ridicules all of the guests and prevents them from talking back or to each other. Of course, all students know that in reality neither of these events will be entertaining or informative. Getting the mix right is not easy.

Once the writer knows the river and can presumably see its tributaries and branches, she can navigate them. It is little wonder, we suggest, that advice such as this does little to help students and probably adds to their anxieties. It is crucial to move LR conversations with Persuading an octopus into a glass 37 students in more positive and enabling directions. We think of this as re-naming and re-framing. In the remainder of the chapter, we consider two metaphors for rethinking the practice of working with literatures.

She is not just a bystander or ‘reviewer’ of the conversation, but a participant. While she may not always comprehend the conversation or catch all its nuances and complexity, she is present. And she can reflect on these conversations later, mulling them over as one might do at the end of a good night out. But having made the contact and the connection (between their work and her own), there is a starting point for other dinners, coffees, conversations and the option of not inviting some guests back or including others.

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