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The Doctoral Experience: Student Stories from the Creative Arts and Humanities, 2020, 30, pp. 1-10
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© The Author(s) 2019. This chapter introduces the conceptual underpinning and aims of the book, and outlines its content. It discusses how, although the doctorate represents the most advanced form of adult education and qualification, and considerable effort, research and training has been expended on the process of completing a doctorate, there has been far less interest or focus on the lived experience of doing one. It describes how, and why, this book focuses on the human dimension that underpins the highest level of formal learning achievable. This chapter also outlines the volume’s unique organisation around the themes and concerns that students themselves have identified as centrally important to successfully completing their research degrees. The introduction describes how, from assessing the self to working with others, from building resilience to developing networks, and considering how ethical conduct permeates a researcher’s practice, this book takes readers-both students and supervisors-on a journey towards successful doctoral learning. It also describes how, while each section is framed by ideas and concepts suggested by the editors, who are experienced doctoral supervisors, the core content of the book is purposely student-driven and authored, in order to provide an authentic account of the doctoral experience.
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