Agency and Articulation in Doctoral Writing: Building the Messy Research Journey into a Well-Constructed Thesis

Gina Wisker

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Abstract

The research journey is a messy one, full of surprises, difficulties, discoveries, hard work, beginnings and some form of closure. The thesis, whether a monograph or published/publishable articles and a theorised "wrap", is well organised and lucidly articulated; it evidences consistent theories and themes; asks questions and analyses findings; presents a coherent argument and story; and is readable, its points clear, its contribution original (enough), its quality publishable (Winter, 2000; Holbrook et al., 2006; Kiley & Wisker, 2011). In this chapter I am interested in exploring how doctoral students and supervisors transition in an iterative way between the messy rich journey and the well-built thesis, and how this well-conceptualised, well-articulated work is recognised by students, supervisors and examiners.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch literacies and writing pedagogies for masters and doctoral writers
EditorsCecile Badenhorst, Cally Guerin
Place of PublicationLeiden, Boston
PublisherBrill
Pages184-201
Number of pages18
Volume31
ISBN (Electronic)9789004304338
ISBN (Print)9789004304321
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in writing

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    Wisker, G. (2016). Agency and Articulation in Doctoral Writing: Building the Messy Research Journey into a Well-Constructed Thesis. In C. Badenhorst, & C. Guerin (Eds.), Research literacies and writing pedagogies for masters and doctoral writers (Vol. 31, pp. 184-201). (Studies in writing). Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004304338_011