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New forms of dissertation

Andrews, Richard (2012) New forms of dissertation. In: The SAGE Handbook of Digital Dissertations and Theses. SAGE, London, pp. 31-46. ISBN 9780857027399

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Abstract

This chapter arises from the UK’s Economic and Social Science Research Council funded seminar series on new forms of doctorate in the multimodal and digital age, based at The Institute of Education, London; Coventry University, Middlesex University; and the British Library. It sets out the problems that students and others face with the conventional printed and bound thesis, especially when their topic is e-learning or some other digital and/or multimodal phenomenon. It then addresses the context for the seminar series, which ran from 2008 to 2010; describes the series; and focuses on some of the papers that do not appear elsewhere in the Sage Handbook of Digital Dissertations and Theses. Based on issues arising from the series, it looks at the possibilities for non-verbal argumentation and the changing nature of knowledge creation and storage. It proposes a spectrum of different types of thesis/dissertation and then concludes with proposed guidance for universities as well as key questions for students, supervisors and examiners who are engaged with digital dissertations. The chapter concludes that the field of research for digital dissertations and theses is a fast-changing one; but that institutional change often does not keep pace with such changes. The tensions that result are explored in other chapters in the Handbook.

Item Type: Book Section
Controlled Keywords: Dissertation, multimodality, regulations, guidance, supervisor, Research methods
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Culture, Communication and Media
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 03:28
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:50
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