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Lessons Learnt About Structuring the Thesis and Implications for Practice

Kember, DR ORCID: 0000-0002-4780-6533 2018 , 'Lessons Learnt About Structuring the Thesis and Implications for Practice', in D Kember and M Corbett (eds.), Structuring the Thesis: Matching Method, Paradigm, Theories and Findings , Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore, pp. 409-427.

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This chapter draws out some of the lessons which have been learnt aboutstructuring the thesis by analysing and synthesising across all the example chaptersin the book. As social science research normally adopts an inductive approach todeal with a complex ill-defined issue, the conventional thesis structure has beenshown to be generally inappropriate. Many of the research students reported thattheir inductive research took the form of a journey of discovery, which was oftenaccompanied by a personal transformation of research perspective. It seemedimportant to include accounts of these voyages in the thesis; and the chronologicaltimeline often helped to frame the structure. Plans of the structure often germinatedat the time strategies were developed for tackling the analysis. Organisation aroundmain emerging themes was a common strategy. The traditional comprehensiveliterature review as Chapter 2 was regarded as inappropriate for inductive research,which explored an ill-defined topic. There was a need for a relatively short initialliterature review to frame the study. The bulk of the literature was then dispersedthrough the thesis, as findings were presented in an organised framework andcompared to the literature. As the alternative structures were adopted, it was considered important to detail the structure of the thesis and provide an explanation forits form.

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