Doctoral student's experience of information technology research

Bruce, Christine, Stoodley, Ian, and Pham, Binh (2009) Doctoral student's experience of information technology research. Studies in Higher Education, 34 (2). pp. 203-222.

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As part of their journey of learning to research, doctoral candidates need to become members of their research community. In part, this involves coming to be aware of their field in ways that are shared amongst longer term members of the research community. One aspect of candidates’ experience we need to understand, therefore, involves how they 'see' or 'constitute' the fields of research in which they are engaged. The study reported here investigated IT research students’ differing ways of experiencing their object(s) of study and their research field or territory. A phenomenographic approach was adopted, using techniques developed from an earlier study of experienced IT researchers in order to make the results comparable. The results revealed seven ways of constituting IT research amongst students, compared with eight previously identified amongst experienced researchers. IT research students constituted IT research in ways that revealed both variation from, as well as complementarities with, more experienced researchers working in the same environment. The results extend an existing collective model of the character of information technology (IT) research; and suggest directions for doctoral education and associated research across the sector.

Item ID: 55467
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1470-174X
Keywords: doctoral students; doctoral pedagogy; higher degree research; information technology; phenomenography; HERN
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2009 Society for Research into Higher Education
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This a the third of a series of publications on the collective consciousness of IT research. Earlier works published in Studies in Higher Education and Higher Education Research and Development, and available via e-prints

Funders: Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2018 03:02
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0899 Other Information and Computing Sciences @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 100%
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