But what makes it doctoral?: taking on the traditionalists: interdisciplinary, practice-led doctoral research in the creative industries: a case study in academic politics, research, rigour and relevance

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Willems, Christiaan. 2010. "But what makes it doctoral?: taking on the traditionalists: interdisciplinary, practice-led doctoral research in the creative industries: a case study in academic politics, research, rigour and relevance ." International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. 5 (7), pp. 331-345.
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But what makes it doctoral?: taking on the traditionalists: interdisciplinary, practice-led doctoral research in the creative industries: a case study in academic politics, research, rigour and relevance

ERA Journal ID36263
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorWillems, Christiaan
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Journal Citation5 (7), pp. 331-345
Number of Pages15
Year2010
Place of PublicationChampaign, IL. United States
ISSN1833-1882
Web Address (URL)http://iji.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.88/prod.1192
Abstract

This paper examines a Doctoral journey of interdisciplinary exploration, explication, examination...and exasperation. In choosing to pursue a practice-led doctorate I had determined from the outset that 'writing 100,000 words that only two people ever read', was not something which interested me. Hence, the oft-asked question of 'what kind of doctorate' I was engaged in, consistently elicited the response, 'a useful one'. In order to satisfy my own imperatives of authenticity and usefulness, my doctoral research had to clearly demonstrate relevance to; productively inform; engage with; and add value to: wider professional field(s) of practice; students in the university courses I teach; and the broader community - not just the academic community. Consequently, over the course of my research, the question, 'But what makes it Doctoral?' consistently resounded and resonated. Answering that question, to satisfy not only the traditionalists asking it but, perhaps surprisingly, some academic innovators - and more particularly, myself as researcher - revealed academic/political inconsistencies and issues which challenged both the fundamental assumptions and actuality of practice-led research.
This paper examines some of those inconsistencies, issues and challenges and provides at least one possible answer to the question: 'But what makes it Doctoral?'

Keywordspractice-led research; practice-based research; research validity; research relevance; doctoralness; authentic research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
390202. History and philosophy of education
390402. Education assessment and evaluation
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Creative Arts
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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