Traversing the Doctorate

Reflections and Strategies from Students, Supervisors and Administrators

  • Tanya M. Machin
  • Marc Clarà
  • Patrick Alan Danaher

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Education Research Methods book series (PSERM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Tanya M. Machin, Marc Clarà, Patrick Alan Danaher
    Pages 1-12
  3. Designing the Doctorate

  4. Supervising the Doctorate

  5. Relationships in the Doctorate

  6. Travelling Through the Doctorate

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 429-433

About this book


This book explores the multiple ways in which doctoral programs are traversed by students, supervisors and administrators. Rather than proposing a single, homogeneous approach as the most effective form of doctoral education, the editors and contributors focus on the diversity of global approaches to the doctorate, including doctoral experiences from Australia, Finland, Chile, New Zealand and Spain. The doctorate emerges from this analysis as a highly complex, heterogeneous and situated phenomenon that resists easy solutions. Strategies that are successful in traversing the doctorate are found to be grounded in contexts that cannot necessarily be generalised to other situations: in doing so, the authors emphasise the importance of presenting a diverse array of experiences and stories. The separate and shared perspectives of doctoral students, supervisors and administrations are mapped and analysed in ways that bring their voices compellingly to life: this book will be of interest and value to students and scholars of the doctoral journey, as well as of international and comparative education.


Doctorate Thesis Supervising the doctorate Supervisor experiences Understanding the doctorate

Editors and affiliations

  • Tanya M. Machin
    • 1
  • Marc Clarà
    • 2
  • Patrick Alan Danaher
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Psychology and CounsellingUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of LleidaLleidaSpain
  3. 3.Faculty of Business, Education, Law and ArtsUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-23730-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-23731-8
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