Starting at the end to undertake doctoral research


predictable questions as stepping stones

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    This paper suggests that a significant proportion of questions in a doctoral viva can be predicted.

    Our evidence is based on 25 doctoral vivas where questions asked by examiners were collected and textually analyzed, identifying clusters of themes across vivas. Critical generic questions were drawn from each cluster of themes representing a template of questions as stepping stones against which prospective researchers can use to write, or defend, a doctoral thesis. Propositions are offered that reflect the consequences of candidates being able to predict questions in a doctoral viva.

    Higher Education Review, 2002, 34, 1, 31-49

    Type: Journal article
    Authors
    • Trafford, V., Leshem, S.