Emergent theory and/as doctoral research

Michael Corbett, Bill Green

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    In this chapter we provide a conceptual context for this last section of the book, as well as an overview of the chapters contained in it. In particular we discuss the key concept of emergence, as what we see as a distinctive feature of more recent kinds of doctoral research. This is research that is increasingly marked by its engagement with new and emergent theory, on the one hand, and also, on the other hand, by its own emergent character—its movement toward understanding, and relatedly, its heightened awareness of writing as a practice. In such work, research is writing, moving towards its own articulation and hence more often than not it constitutes a form of discovery in its own right. This presents particular challenges for doctoral researchers and their supervisors, but in our view opens up the field considerably.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationStructuring the thesis
    Subtitle of host publicationMatching method, paradigm, theories and findings
    EditorsDavid Kember, Michael Corbett
    Place of PublicationSingapore
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)9789811305115
    ISBN (Print)9789811305108
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


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