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Doctoral Students' Conceptions of Research

Pitcher, Rodney


In this paper I report a study of the conceptions of research held by a sample of doctoral students at an Australian research-intensive university. I take a unique approach by using metaphor analysis to study the students' conceptions. The students in this study were recruited for an on-line survey in which they answered questions relating to their conceptions of research. I arrived at four categories that I have labelled research is explorative, research is constructive, research is spatial,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: The Qualitative Report (Online)


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