Research Frameworks_Enhancing_Postgraduate_Environments

Research Frameworks

There is a distinct difference in postgraduate research between the logic of discovery and the logic of dissemination. The former is messy, iterative and non-linear, while the latter is linear, clean, and logically presented. In practice, this means that you don’t start writing a thesis with chapter 1. You start with reading your way into your field, and locating a knowledge gap into which your research can make a contribution. This is followed by further reading, around theory and concepts that can help you analyse and make meaning of your research. This is further followed by more reading, around methods and research design as you build a methodology for your research project. This narrated PowerPoint presentation discusses these three frameworks, and how they should be connected together in any research project, such as a PhD or MA study, to ensure that the central thread of your argument is ‘pulled through’ the study. Each part of your study needs to be evidently connected to what precedes and follows it, to create coherence for your readers and examiners.

Developed by Sherran Clarence, Independent higher education consultant. Thanks to Deon van Heerden for the narration.

Who might find this useful?

This material is primarily for postgraduate students to consider, and outline their own research project’s frameworks. However, the video could be used in workshops with students run by postgraduate and/or writing support practitioners, especially those facilitated at the proposal writing stage.

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