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Bh Quality In The Practice Led Ph D

  1. 1. Monitoring quality in the practice-led PhD A TN Research on Research Conference 7 February, 2005 Associate Professor Brad Haseman Creative Industries Research and Applications Centre, QUT
  2. 2. The Major Milestone 12 months Confirmation QUT 12 months Doctoral Assessment UTS 6 months Research Proposal UniSA 6 months Application for Candidacy Curtin 6 months Review of Candidature RMIT
  3. 3. <ul><li>The object of the Doctoral Candidature Assessment (hereafter referred to as the 'Doctoral Assessment') is to ensure that the student is equipped with the knowledge to carry out his/her research program, and has made sufficient progress to make it likely that he/she will finish in the prescribed time. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.gsu.uts.edu.au/rules/3_5.html#3.5.9 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Major Milestone Between 6 – 12 months <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Review of Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Theoretical Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Materials and Methods </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Major Milestone Between 6 – 12 months <ul><ul><li>From the outset candidates are asked to articulate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Background to the study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Significance of the Study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose of the study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A statement of the problem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Questions – unambiguous questions to be answered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hypotheses – clear statements to be tested </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Definition of terms or operational definitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In effect these frame Problem-led Research </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Once the problem is decided… <ul><li>After confirmation of your Candidature, research and writing begins in earnest. During this time you will review the literature and current research in your area, conduct your experiments, collect your data, analyse your results and ultimately produce your thesis. </li></ul><ul><li>http://research.curtin.edu.au/graduate/hdrguidelines/overview.html </li></ul>
  7. 7. However … <ul><li>Practice as research </li></ul><ul><li>Practice-based research </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Practice as Research </li></ul><ul><li>Performance as research </li></ul><ul><li>Research through practice </li></ul><ul><li>Practice as research in performance </li></ul><ul><li>Practice-led research </li></ul>
  8. 8. Practice-led research <ul><li>“…firstly research which is initiated in practice, where questions, problems, challenges are identified and formed by the needs of practice and practitioners; </li></ul><ul><li>and secondly, that the research strategy is carried out through practice, using predominantly methodologies and specific methods familiar to us as practitioners.” </li></ul><ul><li>Carol Gray, Inquiry through practice: developing appropriate research strategies 1996 p3. Accessed 12 January 2005, http://www2.rgu.ac.uk/criad/cgpapers/ngnm/ngnm.htm </li></ul>
  9. 9. Practice-led research in… <ul><li>Advertising </li></ul><ul><li>Animation </li></ul><ul><li>Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Art/Science interface </li></ul><ul><li>Computer games </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural studies </li></ul><ul><li>Dance </li></ul><ul><li>Design </li></ul><ul><li>Fashion </li></ul><ul><li>Film and TV </li></ul><ul><li>Journalism </li></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul><ul><li>New media </li></ul><ul><li>Performance </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Arts </li></ul>
  10. 10. Ensuring Quality in the Practice-led PhD <ul><li>Our ‘major milestones’ often impair progression for they impose the protocols of problem-led research on practice-led researchers. </li></ul>
  11. 11. What are the protocols of the Practice-led research degree <ul><li>Practice must be present </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation for the study is likely not to appear as a problem or question to be answered. Instead motivation may arise around ‘an enthusiasm of practice’: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>unruly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>badly behaved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>disorderly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a conundrum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a challenge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>disruptive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>unmanageable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mysterious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pleasurable to play with (which networks allow) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A Literature review is never enough. We need a contextual review which includes the literature but also influential practitioners, periods and works. </li></ul>
  12. 12. What are the protocols of the Practice-led research degree? <ul><li>The supervisor/candidate relations must time to get inside practice – to establish a shared vocabulary, identify what is invariant in practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Contextual review may not come early in the candidature. </li></ul><ul><li>Materials and methods are likely to arise from the ‘techniques and strategies of practice’ and will be used to document the research. </li></ul><ul><li>Representing and reporting knowledge claims – balancing the practice-led output with the exegesis. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Guidelines for the ‘Practice-led’ Confirmation Milestone <ul><li>What practice-led research project are you planning to do? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Describe the project you are planning for your examination. It is essential you include examples of your practice to illustrate your project. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be sure to indicate the scope and scale of your project. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outline when and where you are planning to do it. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why are you planning to do it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Indicate the ‘enthusiasms of practice’ that are informing your project. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outline the larger theoretical landscapes which ensure your practice has a larger significance than individual ‘enthusiasms of practice’. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indicate how the contextual review informs your project. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Guidelines for the ‘Practice-led’ Confirmation Milestone <ul><li>What practice-led research events (eg prototypes, creative development intensives, sketches, models, designs) have you undertaken in your first year of candidature? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain how these events have informed your emerging examination project. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outline your participation in other scholarly activities. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How are you planning to do your practice-led research project? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Account for the broad paradigms (cultural, aesthetic or philosophical frameworks) that are informing both you as a researcher and your research process. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain the techniques and strategies of practice you will use to document your research. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Guidelines for the ‘Practice-led’ Confirmation Milestone <ul><li>What will you submit for examination? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Include the weighting between the practice-led outcome and the exegesis. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Account for the work you want your exegesis to do. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain how the practice-led outcome and the exegesis are connected. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who else will be involved in your project and what are their responsibilities? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain what IP and copyright arrangements are in place. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Guidelines for the ‘Practice-led’ Confirmation Milestone <ul><li>How much will your practice-led research project cost? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Account for the external funding which has been secured. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clearly state any university resources which will be required and state if they have been approved and allocated. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include a complete budget on the CIRAC budget Planner and include as Appendix I. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Submit a timeline for completion of your PhD. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Include final seminar and the project event which will require examiners to attend. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarship holders must include the final date of their scholarship. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Include a bibliography, including all works which made up the contextual review. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Guidelines for the ‘Practice-led’ Confirmation Milestone <ul><li>What practice-led research project are you planning to do? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are you planning to do it? </li></ul><ul><li>What practice-led research events (eg prototypes, creative development intensives, sketches, models, designs) have you undertaken in your first year of candidature? </li></ul><ul><li>How are you planning to do your practice-led research project? </li></ul><ul><li>What will you submit for examination? </li></ul><ul><li>Who else will be involved in your project and what are their responsibilities? </li></ul><ul><li>How much will your practice-led research project cost? </li></ul><ul><li>Submit a timeline for completion of your PhD. </li></ul><ul><li>Include a bibliography, including all works which made up the contextual review. </li></ul>

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