ERIC Number: EJ1072461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Thesis by Publication in Education: An Autoethnographic Perspective for Educational Researchers
Merga, Margaret K.
Issues in Educational Research, v25 n3 p291-308 2015
Despite its growing popularity, the thesis by publication is a less conventional format for doctoral dissertations in the field of education. The author successfully undertook a thesis by publication in education from 2012, to submission in 2014. This paper draws on both the literature in the field and the experiences of the author through an autoethnographic approach to explore some of the strengths and limitations of thesis by publication. Key reasons for adopting the thesis by publication mode are outlined, as well as consideration of which types of educational research are most suited to this mode. Institutional support mechanisms and personal attributes that can improve the likelihood of success in this mode are also explored, in addition to the challenges and issues that are particularly significant when producing a thesis by publication. A possible structure and organisation of a thesis by publication in education is also proposed, though this will be determined primarily by institutional policy. This paper will be of interest to prospective doctoral students and higher degree by research supervisors in education seeking to extend their knowledge and experience in this area.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Researchers, Ethnography, Doctoral Dissertations, Theses, Research Methodology, Educational Resources, School Culture, Authors, Writing for Publication, Research Projects, Research Utilization, Feedback (Response), Research Design, Research Skills, Expectation, Self Efficacy, School Support, Skill Analysis, Resilience (Psychology), Layout (Publications), Doctoral Programs, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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