Agency and Articulation in Doctoral Writing: Building the Messy Research Journey into a Well-Constructed Thesis

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Abstract

The research journey is a messy one, full of surprises, difficulties, discoveries, hard work, beginnings and some form of closure. The thesis, whether a monograph or published/publishable articles and a theorised "wrap", is well organised and lucidly articulated; it evidences consistent theories and themes; asks questions and analyses findings; presents a coherent argument and story; and is readable, its points clear, its contribution original (enough), its quality publishable (Winter, 2000; Holbrook et al., 2006; Kiley & Wisker, 2011). In this chapter I am interested in exploring how doctoral students and supervisors transition in an iterative way between the messy rich journey and the well-built thesis, and how this well-conceptualised, well-articulated work is recognised by students, supervisors and examiners.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch literacies and writing pedagogies for masters and doctoral writers
EditorsCecile Badenhorst, Cally Guerin
PublisherBrill
Pages184-201
Number of pages18
Volume31
ISBN (Print)9789004304321
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in writing
PublisherBrill

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Wisker, G. (2016). Agency and Articulation in Doctoral Writing: Building the Messy Research Journey into a Well-Constructed Thesis. In C. Badenhorst, & C. Guerin (Eds.), Research literacies and writing pedagogies for masters and doctoral writers (Vol. 31, pp. 184-201). (Studies in writing). Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004304338_011