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1 Nature Scope and Depth of the Highest Degrees: Working Theory, Evidence & ‘Text’ Dr Stephen Wallace Visiting Fellow Graduate School Bournemouth University

2 what it isn't graduate or UG degree taught trivial insubstantive short term easy fragmentary

3 what it is supervised independent job of work way finding (bus metaphor) multi demanding

4 Theory Grand narrative (usu implicit) grand theory, paradigms, governing images disciplinary  organised by texts, actors, practices nomothetic  causes  effects  correlates  summaries (reviews, meta analyses) idiographic (take care not to stray)  narratives  descriptions

5 Boundary Work Field or arena - specialty, trans- disciplinary Title (segments) sub specialty- explicit theory testing petit narrative - How it relates to grand theory  axiomatic function

6 Evidence; anything but evident What counts in the field (lit review) What to privilege (Candidate's tools and tools of allies, including supervisors, potential examiners ) What is candidate challenging (tools required) What candidate has got, will produce (Candidate's tools in the field) careful of tool war ( remember modesty, symmetry)

7 Textual Structure what is left to be inscribed (from Lit review) what candidate is going to inscribe (thesis) (in your conclusion) what is then indicated to be inscribed (as a result of candidate’s dissertation)

8 Textual Skeleton (each chapter) Tell them what you are going to tell them Tell them Tell them what you have told them

9 Text The data  how is it presented (conventional language games) Candidate's data  whose model/data to use Other inscriptions  possibility of using novel or extra-disciplinary media

10 Useful textual rules adopt disciplinary format (examine successful theses) use conventional language/format (espec biblio) accuracy of evidentiary evaluation and presentation symmetry of evidentiary evaluation and presentation

11 Special care micro: spelling, punctuation, accuracy meso: sentence structure, grammar, paragraph, labelling, conceptual plasticity, paradox, tautology, acknowledgement, consistency macro: structure, argument/logic, coherence, symmetry, position (non- Whiggish), respect, modesty,

12 Recent turns Atheoretic turn (eg practice)  BUT what are underlying implicit assumptions re practice????  Cannot smuggle theory by stealth ( if good examiner ) so left with description at best Inter disciplinary work??  Problem of coherence,how to translate across paradigms ( depends on currency of language games - easy way to tell is check journal titles ) Blended methods -  Problem of MTT  Problem of methodological adequacy,(tool skill?)


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