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Writing Doctoral Project Proposals: Higher Education Research (Doctoral Research into Higher Education Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Trowler
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This book gets down to the essential information needed by anyone who is writing a doctoral research proposal in the area of higher education research. So it is concise, while still being comprehensive and useful, at 8,600 words (about 29 pages in Word format). Its audience is prospective doctoral students who have to write a project proposal which will be assessed for admission and perhaps for a scholarship to do their doctoral research, as well as those who have already been admitted to university but now need to have a full proposal approved. More extended books are available for those who need a fuller treatment of doctoral proposal writing. However these attempt to cover the social sciences in general.

For readability, terms which may need a fuller explanation are linked from the text to a glossary at the end of the book.

Paul Trowler is uniquely qualified to write on this topic. He is Professor of Higher Education at Lancaster University, UK. For many years he was responsible for postgraduate research student admissions to the Department of Educational Research, for organizing selection processes for doctoral scholarships and for assessing project proposals on the Doctoral Programme in Higher Education there. He has BA, MA, Cert. Ed. and PhD degrees and is an elected Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education.

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Contents List:


Title of the Project

Research Questions

Background to the Research Topic

Research Design & Methods

Significance of the Research

Research Timetable

Writing a Bibliography

Finding Inspiration

From Sketchy Idea to Robust Project Proposal



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About the Author

Paul Trowler is Professor in Higher Education, Lancaster University and Research Director of here@Lancaster (the higher education research and evaluation centre there). He has research interests which include: enhancing student engagement; academic 'tribes' and their disciplinary territories; planning and managing change in universities; the implementation of planned change particularly related to the enhancement of the curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment; higher education policy-making and environmental change; cultures in universities; and approaches to evaluation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008UYT5V8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars another little gem in this series! 29 Mar. 2013
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Fabulous! An absolute must if you are starting a PhD journey. Concise and easily understood. Lots of excellent, practical tips that I, for one, have every intention of using in practice. I'm really glad I've read 3 in this series .... all three were read and my notes done in about a day or so .... so I have a good grounding for starting my work once ethical approval has been granted. If you read no other 'how to' books on PhD theses ..... read these. In my view, total 'must haves'!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compact and elaborate! 17 Jan. 2015
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I bought Writing Doctoral Project. a gift for my daughter and I read the whole book in less than one hour. It's a compact book with complete guidance on your way to a successful doctoral project. I recommend this book to those intending to embark on a project of their own.
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Gives you understanding on how to write an PhD proposal with guidance and structure. Also refers to paradigms with explanation
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2.0 out of 5 stars More info would have been better 13 April 2015
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Such a small book- expected more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful - recommended 28 Aug. 2013
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I'm new to doctoral study and needed a bit of a boost to my confidence and this has helped a lot. Paul Trowler writes in a very easy style for which I am grateful. He writes very clearly, in plain English and I look forward to referencing his text in my up-coming assignment!

It is also a short text and so I did not feel at all hard-done-to reading it whilst on holiday, on the beach!
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