Doctoral student's experience of information technology research

Bruce, Christine Susan, Stoodley, Ian D., & Pham, Binh L. (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.

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ID Code: 20580
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: 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
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Keywords: Doctoral students, Doctoral pedagogy, Higher Degree Research, Information Technology, Phenomenography, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/03075070802556131
ISSN: 0307-5079
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > OTHER INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (089900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Routledge
Deposited On: 22 May 2009 00:16
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:58

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