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??i????i??i??'A Woman's Guide to Doctoral Studies??i?? stands apart from other books that offer the usual set of signposts on 'how to get a PhD'. Insightfully annotated with a wealth of academic references and packed with autobiographical anecdotes from women doctoral students, thesis supervisors and examiners, it offers a fresh, perceptive and energetic account of the 'rules of the game' in the first world university. Although it is directed primarily at women doctoral students, other audiences such as academic supervisors, research committees, student support officers and executive managers could all learn something from this book??i??i??' - ??i??Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education??i??. ??i??a well-written and well-researched book, drawing heavily on a solid evidence base which supports much of its content...a comprehensive and useful text for anybody who is thinking about or currently completing a doctoral programme. It can be read cover to cover or it can be 'dipped' into. I would recommend it to women students??i??i??' - ??i??Gender and Education??i??. Endorsements from Research Students: 'I read it cover-to-cover in one sitting - it was really gripping stuff and I couldn't put it down! I think you've got the mode of address exactly right, and immeasurably more so than what's already on the market. I like the academic feel of it, as it implies you think your readers are intelligent adults, capable of understanding complex issues and wanting to make informed, considered decisions...'. 'Thanks for your input. about...PhD assessment/vivas. It made me aware of the sad experience that I went through in the 1980s when I undertook a part-time PhD...I had little contact with my supervisor ...and had a viva without any preparation or information about what to expect...I didn't know of any appeal procedure until you mentioned it??i??i??'. 'You manage to cover an enormous amount of ground, while, at the same time, being mindful of the need to provide a certain amount of depth on each issue you address'. This guide is designed to help women - since we are less likely than men to be encouraged to do doctorates, are slower to put ourselves forward, and tend to operate on the belief that (in academia at least) we will be judged solely on the quality of our work. This book will help women undertake and enjoy serious scholarly work whilst recognizing the wider 'rules' of the academic game. The author compares the current situation in the UK with that of North America and Australia, and discusses the pros and cons of PhDs and new professional doctorates. Thought provoking case studies of the diverse experiences of home and international, young and older, heterosexual and lesbian students across the disciplines make illuminating reading. This book is an essential read for women (and men) starting, midway through or finishing their doctorates.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780335202522
ISBN-10: 0335202527
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 154mm x 20mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Open University Press
Publisher: Open University Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Diane Leonard

Diana Leonard is a Professor of Sociology and Head of the Centre for Research and Education on Gender at the Institute of Education, University of London. She has published extensively on the sociology of gender and the family and had a long association with feminists in France. She has recently completed various research projects including 'Gender and Learning' (among 10 year olds) and 'Violence Resilient (secondary) Schools', and was co-chair of the UK Women's Studies Network.

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