This book explores the idea that the critical position that doctoral students must achieve in terms of both their research and the research setting is, at best, extremely difficult and, at worst, may be unachievable for practitioners conducting 'insider research'. The authors suggest that universities need to examine current research methodologies on practitioner doctorates with a view to creating new methodologies to accommodate new forms of kwledge construction. The authors argue that comparisons between traditional PhDs and professional doctorates t only neglect the diversity of models of practitioner research at doctoral level, but also that a paradigm shift has occurred and that the construction of kwledge in the social sciences is t limited to the type of doctoral programme through which it is engendered. Recent research indicates that key elements including supervision, ethical issues, relationships with colleagues, loyalty, duty and integrity place the practitioner in a situation which may t methodologically align with conventional approaches. In this book the authors take the opportunity to explore these themes in an holistic and integrated way in order to develop a sense of methodological coherence for the practitioner researcher at doctoral level. This book will be essential reading for doctoral students and their supervisors, practitioner researchers working in professional settings more generally and those engaging with policy debates about doctoral research.
Pat Drake is Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Sussex, UK. Linda Heath is Senior Lecturer in the Business School at the University of Brighton, UK.
Linda Heath, Pat Drake
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Education & Teaching
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