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We are celebrating by Kickstarting a new book , having a huge sale and offering custom comics and cartoons! Join the fun by clicking here! Need a gift for the holidays? Why not a book, mug or shirt that matches their level of procrastination sophistication? You may have noticed the huge banner below each comic. I apologize if it's too big, but I'm very excited to announce that my new book is on sale! This active and reflective learning makes a dynamic relationship between practice and research.

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Practice raises questions that can be investigated through research, which in turn impacts on practice. The metaphor of research as a journey is employed to structure the book: in Chapter 1 the journey is planned, with an emphasis upon the importance of methodology, and knowing how to research. In Chapter 2 the terrain of the research field is mapped, with an explanation of the value and purpose of reviewing the context in which any research is conducted.

Chapter 3 focuses upon identifying a specific research question, and how to structure and write a research proposal. A greater worry is that the implied linearity of such a journey metaphor perhaps precludes insights into how research progress is often labyrinthine, or circular, not to mention spiralling, one way or the other! She did, however, recognise the value of the section dealing with planning and structuring a research proposal pages The graphic layout of the plan Figure 3.

However, this book and its accompanying website, of course, de rigeour in our digital world, deserves a welcome to your list of recommended research resources, and students should be encouraged to test out its strategies. No students were harmed in the making of this review. London: Sage.

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Denzin, N. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Grix, J. Birmingham: Univ. Kumar, R. Noble, I. Lausanne: AVA. If there is something that you do not understand, ask for clarification. Do interact with your examiners.

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It is acceptable to admit to being nervous or say that your mind has gone blank for a minute. Examiners should understand this and allow for it.

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Ask if your answer was headed in the right direction. Most importantly, if you honestly do not know an answer, do not make up one.

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Show interest in the question and in following it up later. As a rule of thumb, it is OK not to know a few of the answers; however, it is not OK not to care.

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Enjoy the final stretch Think of the viva as your big day to shine. This is when you show off all your hard work to experts in your field — you should be up to the challenge.

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  7. Prepare yourself, and enter the viva with a positive yet realistic mindset. It is important to know that it is common to have at least some corrections after the viva, and for a fair number of people these may be substantial. However, these corrections are to make your written work even better. Therefore, go into the viva open to further improvement, but confident in the hard work and rationales that you have put into your research already. Pam Denicolo, emeritus professor at the University of Reading , and Dawn Duke, head of the researcher development programme at the University of Surrey , are hosting an all-day workshop, Demystifying and Preparing for the Doctoral Viva, at the Society for Research into Higher Education on 24 May.

    This is an edited extract from their book with Julie Reeves, researcher developer at the University of Southampton , Success in Research: Fulfilling the Potential of your Doctoral Experience. Work to encourage team science is gathering momentum, and a recent Academy of Medical Sciences report highlights key steps to be taken. Robert MacIntosh considers how university staff should approach the management merry-go-round of vice-chancellors, pro vice-chancellors and department heads.

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