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Author Kumar, Dinesh
Title Research Methods for Successful PhD
Imprint Aalborg : River Publishers, 2017
©2017
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Descript 1 online resource (194 pages)
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Series River Publishers Series in Innovation and Change in Education Ser
River Publishers Series in Innovation and Change in Education Ser
Note Front Cover -- Half Title Page -- RIVER PUBLISHERS SERIES IN INNOVATION AND CHANGE IN EDUCATION - CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE -- Title Page - Research Methods for Successful PhD -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgement -- Chapter 1 - What Is Research? -- 1.1 Introduction -- 1.2 Research and Development: What Is the Difference? -- 1.3 Research, Development and PhD Students -- Tasks -- Chapter 2 - Why Are We Researchers? -- Abstract -- 2.1 Introduction -- 2.2 What Is the Aim of PhD? -- 2.3 University and Their PhD Students -- 2.4 Causes of Stress for the Candidates -- 2.5 Shortcomings of Output Focused PhD -- 2.6 Managing the Short-Term Demands -- Tasks -- Chapter 3 - Attributes of a Researcher -- 3.1 Introduction -- 3.2 Knowledge and Creativity -- 3.2.1 Researcher Attribute - Knowledge -- 3.2.1.1 Ideas vs. literature review -- 3.2.1.2 Literature review: Attention to detail -- 3.2.2 Researcher Attributes: Creativity -- 3.2.2.1 Fostering creativity -- 3.3 Research Attributes: Resilient and Self-Confident -- 3.3.1 Supporting to Develop Self-Confidence -- 3.4 Research Attributes: Planning and Discipline -- 3.4.1 Time Management -- 3.5 Researcher Attribute: Flexibility -- 3.6 Researcher Attributes: Communication -- 3.6.1 What Is Communication? -- 3.6.2 Clarity of the Message -- 3.6.3 Ability to Listen -- 3.7 Research Attributes: Partnership and Networking -- 3.7.1 Networking with Other Researchers -- 3.7.2 Partnership with Industry and External Agencies -- Tasks -- Chapter 4 - The Supervisor and the Supervised -- 4.1 Introduction -- 4.2 Student and Supervisor -- 4.2.1 Supervisor and the Student -- Reality Check -- 4.2.2 An Ideal Supervisor -- 4.2.3 An Ideal Student -- 4.2.4 The Real Situation -- 4.2.5 The Real Supervisor -- 4.2.5.1 The supervisor does not appear to have the time for the student or the project
4.2.5.1.1 Suggestions to the student -- 4.2.5.2 The supervisor appears to be unreasonable in the expectations of the student -- 4.2.5.3 Supervisor does not appear to have the knowledge of the topic -- 4.2.5.4 Supervisor does not appear to be interested in the student, the topic or the outcomes -- 4.2.5.5 Supervisor makes personal remarks or invitations -- 4.2.5.6 Romantic liaison -- 4.2.5.7 Supervisor personality type -- Lacks emotions or is too emotional -- 4.2.5.8 Personality clash -- 4.2.6 Real Research Student -- 4.2.6.1 Transition from undergraduate to post-graduate -- 4.2.6.1.1 Change of expectations -- 4.3 Selection of the Supervisor and Student -- 4.3.1 Background of Student -- 4.4 Networking -- 4.4.1 Networking with Other Professors -- 4.4.2 Industry Partnership: Support for Students -- 4.5 Dispute Management and Resolution -- 4.5.1 Causes of Disputes -- 4.5.1.1 Expectations -- 4.5.1.2 Challenge to research outcomes -- 4.5.1.3 Personal beliefs and desires -- 4.5.2 Resolving and Managing Disputes -- 4.6 Communication - Supervisor and the Supervised -- 4.7 Being Mindful with Supervisor -- Tasks -- Chapter 5 - Responsibilities of a Researcher -- 5.1 Introduction -- 5.2 Accountability -- 5.2.1 What Is the Need? -- 5.2.2 Comparison between Researchers -- 5.2.3 Challenges in Measuring Research Outcomes -- 5.3 Measuring Research Outcome -- 5.3.1 Some Measures of Research Impact -- 5.4 Need for Peer Review -- 5.5 Publications for Spread and Growth of Knowledge -- 5.5.1 Review Process: Spread of Knowledge -- 5.6 Review Process -- 5.6.1 Managing the Review Process -- 5.7 Summary of Responsibilities of Researchers -- Tasks -- Chapter 6 - Continuing to Be a Researcher: Motivation Issues for Researchers -- 6.1 Introduction -- 6.2 Mid-Candidature Blues -- 6.3 Why Do We Get the Blues? -- 6.4 Motivating a Researcher - Suggestions for the Supervisor
6.4.1 Corporate Style Carrot and Stick Approach -- 6.4.2 Accolades and Shaming -- 6.4.3 Finding Motivation is Personal -- 6.5 How to Motivate Yourself? -- 6.5.1 Identifying the Different States -- 6.5.2 Lazy and Confused State: What Happens? -- 6.5.2.1 Lazy and confused state: What to do? -- 6.5.3 In the Active State -- 6.5.4 The Creative State -- 6.5.4.1 Stating the vision -- 6.5.4.2 Planning for the vision -- 6.5.4.3 Short term goals -- 6.6 How to Become Productive? -- Tasks -- Chapter 7 - Research Proposal -- Task Before You Start This Chapter -- 7.1 Introduction -- 7.1.1 Dynamic Idleness -- 7.1.2 Mid-Candidature Blues -- 7.2 Purpose of Research Proposals -- 7.3 What Is a Research Proposal? -- 7.4 Developing the Research Proposal -- 7.4.1 Title -- 7.4.2 Aim -- 7.4.3 Objective -- 7.4.4 Scope -- 7.4.4.1 Example to explain scope -- 7.4.5 Research Questions -- 7.4.5.1 Example of research proposal -- 7.4.6 Developing the Hypothesis -- 7.4.6.1 Example for developing the hypothesis -- 7.4.7 Developing the Methodology -- 7.4.8 Time Frame -- 7.4.8.1 Project timeline -- 7.4.8.2 Regularity in timeline -- 7.4.8.3 Changes to the timeline -- 7.4.9 Milestones -- Tasks -- Chapter 8 - Planning the Experiments -- 8.1 Introduction -- 8.2 Focus and Scope -- 8.3 Inferential Statistics -- 8.4 Descriptive Statistics -- 8.4.1 Central Tendency -- 8.4.2 Dispersion -- 8.5 Significance -- 8.6 Statistical Hypothesis -- 8.7 Measuring Significance -- 8.7.1 p Value to Test Null Hypothesis -- 8.7.2 What Is Significance Level? -- 8.8 Reproducibility -- 8.9 Types of Statistical Tests -- 8.9.1 Parametric Tests -- 8.9.2 Non-Parametric Tests -- 8.10 Confidence Band, Confidence Intervals and Confidence Levels -- 8.11 Statistical Tests -- 8.11.1 Correlation -- 8.11.2 Regression -- 8.11.3 t-test -- 8.11.3.1 Unpaired t-test -- 8.11.3.2 Paired t-test -- 8.11.4 Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
8.12 System Performance Measure -- 8.12.1 Accuracy, Sensitivity and Specificity -- 8.12.2 Confusion Matrix -- 8.12.3 Statistical Power -- 8.12.4 Receiver Operator Characteristic (ROC) Curve -- Tasks -- Chapter 9 - Communication Skills -- 9.1 Introduction -- 9.2 Need to Communicate for Researchers -- 9.3 Essentials for Effective Communication -- 9.4 Developing Oral Communication -- 9.4.1 Planned and Focused -- 9.4.2 Connect with Audience -- 9.5 Presenting to Your Supervisors -- 9.6 Conference Seminar -- 9.6.1 Example for Audience Focus -- 9.7 Listening and Observing -- 9.8 Planning the Presentation -- 9.8.1 How to Start: A Brief to Put in Context -- 9.8.1.1 Example -- 9.8.1.2 Example -- 9.8.2 Content -- 9.8.3 Conclusion -- 9.8.3.1 Facts and opinion -- 9.9 Style of Communication -- 9.9.1 Aggressive Communication -- 9.9.2 Passive Communication -- 9.9.3 Assertive Communication -- 9.9.4 Examples: Aggressive and Assertive Communication -- 9.10 Written Communication -- 9.10.1 Informal Written Communication -- 9.10.1.1 Writing emails -- 9.11 Formal Written Communication -- 9.11.1 Structure -- 9.11.2 Style -- 9.11.2.1 Compact -- 9.11.2.2 Formal -- 9.11.2.3 Simple statements -- 9.11.3 Content -- 9.12 Some Points for Effective Written Communication -- Tasks -- Chapter 10 - Why Publish? -- 10.1 Introduction -- 10.2 Peer Review of Research -- 10.3 Publications for Accountability -- 10.4 Manuscript Submissions as Milestones -- 10.5 Publications for Employability -- 10.6 How to Stand Out of the Crowd? -- 10.7 Benefit to the Society -- 10.8 Measure of Outcomes -- 10.9 Getting the Balance -- Tasks -- Chapter 11 - How to Publish: Writing Manuscripts -- 11.1 Introduction -- 11.2 Target Audience -- 11.3 When to Start the Manuscript? -- 11.4 Develop a Plan -- 11.5 Typical Subheadings of a Paper in Science, Engineering and Health -- 11.6 Starting the Manuscript
11.7 The Title -- 11.8 Abstract -- 11.9 Writing the Introduction -- 11.9.1 Introduction - Some Common Mistakes -- 11.10 Theory -- 11.11 Methodology -- 11.12 Data Analysis -- 11.13 Discussion -- 11.14 Conclusion -- 11.15 Paper Iterations -- 11.16 List of Authors -- 11.17 What Gets Published? -- 11.18 What Gets Rejected? -- 11.19 Post-Submission of Manuscript -- 11.20 Difference between Thesis and Manuscript -- 11.21 Review Process -- 11.22 Managing the Review Process -- Tasks -- Appendix -- Index -- About the Author -- Back Cover
Research Methods for Successful PhDis a candid conversation developed from theexperience of supervising 30 research students and publishing 400 papers over20 years. The book recognizes that every student is different and has uniquecircumstances. It teases out the fundamental questions that we forget to ask,the method of relating to the supervisor, discusses methods to improvecommunication skills and explains how to get the work published
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Kumar, Dinesh Research Methods for Successful PhD Aalborg : River Publishers,c2017 9788793609181
Subject Doctor of philosophy degree.
Universities and colleges-Graduate work
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