Conceptual frameworks in the doctoral research process: a pedagogical model

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Berman, Jeanette and Smyth, Robyn. 2015. "Conceptual frameworks in the doctoral research process: a pedagogical model ." Innovations in Education and Teaching International. 52 (2), pp. 125-136. https://doi.org/10.1080/14703297.2013.809011
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Conceptual frameworks in the doctoral research process: a pedagogical model

ERA Journal ID20279
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBerman, Jeanette (Author) and Smyth, Robyn (Author)
Journal TitleInnovations in Education and Teaching International
Journal Citation52 (2), pp. 125-136
Number of Pages12
Year2015
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon. United Kingdom
ISSN1355-8005
1470-3297
1470-3300
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14703297.2013.809011
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This paper contributes to consideration of the role of conceptual frameworks in the doctoral research process. Through reflection on the two authors' own conceptual frameworks for their doctoral studies, a pedagogical model has been developed. The model posits the development of a conceptual framework as a core element of the doctoral research process that will support the extended abstract thinking (SOLO Taxonomy) essential at this level of postgraduate research. The model articulates the need for alignment between the ontology, methodology and epistemology of doctoral research, with specific articulation of aspects of each dimension. The use of the model involves construction of an explicit conceptual framework, which will ensure a conceptually valid research
project and will focus the social and cultural activity of the process, supporting the student learning, the research project and the supervisory relationships.

Keywordsconceptual framework; doctoral study; postgraduate research; pedagogical model; doctoral pedagogy
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
390303. Higher education
500305. Epistemology
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Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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