The failure of dissertation advice books : toward alternative pedagogies for doctoral writing

Kamler, Barbara and Thomson, Pat 2008, The failure of dissertation advice books : toward alternative pedagogies for doctoral writing, Educational researcher, vol. 37, no. 8, pp. 507-514.

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Title The failure of dissertation advice books : toward alternative pedagogies for doctoral writing
Author(s) Kamler, Barbara
Thomson, Pat
Journal name Educational researcher
Volume number 37
Issue number 8
Start page 507
End page 514
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Publication date 2008-11
ISSN 0013-189X
Keyword(s) higher education
supervision
writing
Summary Anxious doctoral researchers can now call on a proliferation of advice books telling them how to produce their dissertations. This article analyzes some characteristics of this self-help genre, including the ways it produces an expert–novice relationship with readers, reduces dissertation writing to a series of linear steps, reveals hidden rules, and asserts a mix of certainty and fear to position readers "correctly." The authors argue for a more complex view of doctoral writing both as text work/identity work and as a discursive social practice. They reject transmission pedagogies that normalize the power-saturated relations of protégé and master and point to alternate pedagogical approaches that position doctoral researchers as colleagues engaged in a shared, unequal, and changing practice
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, AERA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017358

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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