Chapter 7: When an orchestra misses its harmony (or how I learnt to work with my supervisors)

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Tran, M.K (2020). Chapter 7: When an orchestra misses its harmony (or how I learnt to work with my supervisors). in: Townsend, K.; Saunders, M.N.K.; Loudoun, R.; Morrison, E. A. (ed.) How to Keep your Doctorate on Track Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. 43-51
AuthorsTran, M.K
EditorsTownsend, K.; Saunders, M.N.K.; Loudoun, R.; Morrison, E. A.
Abstract

The chapter uses the metaphor of sonata form to describe the life of the author’s doctoral thesis. Her first year somewhat resembled the first movement of a sonata. Difficulties in understanding both her supervisors’ expectations and the standard of work required led to a dramatic coda in which a surprising piece of critique caused a significant drop in her confidence. Moving to her second year, she experienced a number of crashes, ranging from epistemology and research directions to working style. However, the introduction of a new voice, in the form of a third supervisor, restored some harmony to the PhD composition. Further discordance arose in the third year, but the author concludes that the journey provided some memorable counterpoints that trained her to become a skilled composer, conductor, and performer of knowledge. These counterpoints inspire her to offer a few useful lessons for current and future PhD students.

Keywordscollaboration, synergy, harmony, orchestration
Page range43-51
Year2020
Book titleHow to Keep your Doctorate on Track Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
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ISBN9781788975629
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Print27 Mar 2020
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Accepted27 Jan 2020
Deposited21 Dec 2020
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4337/9781788975636.00013
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This is a draft chapter/article. The final version is available in How to Keep your Doctorate on Track edited by Keith Townsend, Mark N.K. Saunders, Rebecca Loudoun and Emily A. Morrison, published in 2020, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
https://doi.org/10.4337/9781788975636

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