Comprehensive and accessible, Successful Research Projects provides a practical, research-based framework to help examine practice, solve problems and plan research effectively. With key practical tips throughout, it draws on examples from across disciplines and across the world ensuring best practice for those completing projects in the fields of science, health care, social sciences, arts and humanities as well as multi-disciplinary projects.
This book covers the key questions, challenges and solutions, exploring:
- Organising time efficiently
- Working effectively with colleagues
- Getting the best out of a supervisor and understanding what help is available
- Demonstrating good practice in academic writing
- Differences between research projects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
- Staying motivatived and balanced in order to excel throughout the process
- Ways to use research to help career planning
Providing the significant theories behind ways of managing projects, identifying important goals and solving problems, Successful Research Projects is the perfect companion for the busy student facing a postgraduate research project.
This is the companion guide to the second edition of Successful Research Supervision, a research-based practical framework for academics to examine and develop their effectiveness as supervisors. It helps supervisors to move their students towards the ultimate goal of being able to study independently in a thoughtful, coherent and efficient manner and is a go-to guide for both novice and experienced supervisors seeking to develop their practice.
Table of Contents
1. Becoming a research student; 2. A framework for analysing what you need; 3. Managing your project – a functional approach; 4. Uncovering the implicit – embracing enculturation; 5. Thinking like an academic – developing criticality; 6. Finding your own way – enabling emancipation; 7. Creating and maintaining relationships; 8. Using the framework to help your research; 9. How to write like an academic; 10. Dilemmas when you disagree with your supervisor; 11. Preparing for your work to be examined; 12. Looking to the future; Figures; Tables
Anne Lee is an independent academic, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK and was Associate Professor at the University of Stavanger in Norway. There is more about her work at www.drannelee.wordpress.com
Anne’s commitment to supporting postgraduate researchers is evident from this comprehensive guide.
Gill Houston, Chair, UK Council for Graduate Education
A must-read to tackle research projects effectively … an exceptionally practical resource for research students.
Dr Anna Gannon, University of Cambridge
This book is essential reading for postgraduate students who want to gain as much as possible from their work and complete their research on time.
Professor Dag Husebø, University of Stavanger, Norway
If you are an early stage researcher seeking reassurance and guidance on undertaking a research project, you must read this book. It takes you stage by stage through the process of designing and carrying out a research project, helps with common problems, team work, lack of motivation and problem solving. It also assists you in dealing with feedback and managing your time effectively. The book should be on every emerging researcher’s desk.
Professor Rosemary Deem, Royal Holloway, University of London
An essential guide for doctoral students as they navigate the way to becoming tomorrow’s research leaders.
Professor Alistair McCulloch, University of Southern Australia