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Title: Utility of a conceptual framework within doctoral study: A researcher's reflections
Contributor(s): Berman, Jeanette  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2013
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: The author of this paper provides an example of a conceptual framework that supported her doctoral study and written dissertation in the field of educational psychology. The study was carried out prior to the more recent explicit emphasis on conceptual frameworks in postgraduate research texts and academic literature. The instigation for the development of an explicit conceptual framework was a change in supervisors and their need to be meaningfully included in the journey of the student. The conceptual framework supported the explanation of the multiple theoretical frameworks and literature base, as well as the professional educational context of the study. It also explicitly responded to the literature search in each area, clearly articulating theory and practice in school curriculum and assessment. This in turn supported the definition of research themes and research questions, and the research methodology (data gathering and analysis), from which the meaningful consideration of results could emerge and be shown to be conceptually coherent. The conceptual framework served as a reference for the supervisory relationship, and an organising structure for the written thesis. It also provided a tool of metacognition for the author as she actively constructed and used her conceptual framework to support her doctoral study.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Issues in Educational Research, 23(1), p. 1-18
Publisher: Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Inc
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1837-6290
Field of Research (FOR): 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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