This handbook sets out the processes and products of ‘digital’ research. It is a theoretical and practical guide on how to undertake and navigate advanced research in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Topics covered include:
- How to make research more accessible
- The use of search engines and other sources to determine the scope of work
- Research training for students
- What will theses, dissertations and research reports look like in ten years’ time?
- The storing and archiving of such research
- Ethics and methodologies in the field
- Intercultural issues
The editors focus on advances in arts- and practice-based doctorates, and their application in other fields and disciplines. The contributions chart new territory for universities, research project directors, supervisors and research students regarding the nature and format of graduate and doctoral work, as well as research projects.
Written by experienced practitioners, this handbook is an essential reference for researchers, supervisors and administrators on how to conduct and evaluate research projects in a digital and multimodal age.
Chapter 2: New Forms of Dissertation
New Forms of Dissertation
In 2008, in collaboration with Stephen Boyd Davis (Middlesex University) and Erik Borg (Coventry University) we won a grant from the UK's Economic and Social Research Council for a seminar series entitled ‘New forms of doctorate: the influence of multimodality and e-learning on the nature and format of doctoral theses in Education and the social sciences’. This chapter presents the case for the series, summarises its achievements and discusses in particular its proposed guidance for universities and other degree-awarding institutions. Initially, the focus was on the doctorate in all its forms, but the aperture widened to include all dissertations and theses – from final year undergraduate to Masters and doctorates. Consequently, our attention in the present ...