This essential guide offers a new approach to doctoral writing, written specifically for doctoral supervisors. Rejecting the DIY websites and manuals that promote a privatised skills-based approach to writing research, Kamler and Thomson offer a new framework for scholarly work to help doctorate students produce clear and well-argued dissertations. Drawing on a wide range of research and hands-on experience, the authors argue that making an original contribution to scholarly knowledge requires doctoral candidates to do both text and identity work. Their discussion of the complexities of forming a scholarly identity is illustrated by the stories and writing of real doctoral students.
'We wanted to write something that theorised but with a very light touch; a book based in scholarship, rather than merely promoting it, which would address what are some of the complex issues at stake.' - Professor Barbara Kamler from Deakin University's Education Faculty, who co-authored the book withProfessor Pat Thomson from the University of Nottingham, UK
'In Helping doctoral students write, Barbara Kamler and Pat Thomson have produced a powerful and useful book that achieves a delicate balance between providing rigorous and challenging theoretical insights into the complexities of doctoral writing and simultaneously outlining many practical writing strategies supervisors can implement with their doctoral students.' - Teaching in Higher Education
1. Supervision and Doctoral Writing 2.Writing and Identity 3. Writing the Self into the Thesis 4.Writing a Literature Review or Mapping the Field of Knowledge Production 5. Writing an Abstract: The Argument Writ Small 6. Constructing the Dissertation: The Argument Writ Large 7. The Grammar of Authority 8. Becoming "Writerly" 9. Towards Institutional Writing Cultures