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Planning the final year of doctoral studies and preparing for the doctoral defense
Tools and resources for completing dissertation writing, preparing for the dissertation defense, and considering next career steps. Local university resources will typically dictate deadlines for submission during the completion process; mentors, be sure to share this information with finishing doctoral students.
Useful resources on Planning the final year of doctoral studies:
Lim, J., Covrig, D., Freed, S., De Oliveira, B., Ongo, M., & Newman, I. (2019). Strategies to assist distance doctoral students in completing their dissertations. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 20(5). http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/download/4532/5216?inline=1
Describes roles university players can play in supporting doctoral students—not only those enrolled in distance programs, but relevant to all students. Provides a “Doctoral Student’s Dissertation Readiness” tool that all mentors can use with students to help them understand the different aspects of writing a dissertation (reading, literature search, clarity regarding research topic/question[s], research method, committee, support network, writing ability).
University of Leicester Doctoral College. (n.d.). Your thesis plan - a roadmap to completing your research degree. https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/doctoralcollege/training/eresources/study-guides/thesis/plan
Tips for setting objectives and developing a thesis and work plans.
Texas A&M Writing Center. (2020). Dissertation defense and The perfect defense. http://writingcenter.tamu.edu/Students/Writing-Speaking-Guides/Alphabetical-List-of-Guides/Academic-Writing/Dissertation-Defense and https://writingcenter.tamu.edu/Students/Writing-Speaking-Guides/Alphabetical-List-of-Guides/Academic-Writing/Dissertation-Defense/The-Perfect-Defense
Guides to preparing for the dissertation defense, including video (“The Perfect Defense”).
Tags: IPS IA; IPS CritT; IPS CreaT; IPS WC; IPS OC; IPS R; IPS QL; IPS IL; IPS T; IPS PS; PSR LL; CompQ
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Last Updated: October 26, 2021