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Hi. see references ahoy on nursing and education platform web. The great thinkers eg Freud, had very little references. Refs prove that you have done a complete search around the topic. Yet I still meet Profs who are unaware of the great early pieces of work and so sometimes, re-invent the wheel. It is good practice to acknowledge someone who works on similar however.Yes there can be independent thought but we need to acknowledge others who may think similar. Often I think what I believe to be original and found someone else has said similar. I do not feel miffed, just relieved!Unfortunately, publishers prefer that which they feel comfortable with-- not the unusual. Is that why the big bang theory took so long??
Had another think. We are in the realms of different types of research here. It may be obvious to some-- I am not in a lab. Suppose if you are, you may need to do a PHD to even gain access and support. I wonder how much a the question for PHD of that nature can be determined by the one doing a PHD or are they mainly studentships etc??
(I am qualitative actually- not in lab either).
Hi. Thanks for the discussion-- as a thinker, I love discussion; that is all I try to do. We should not all think we are right. Yes, I admit I may have come across negative experiences. However a PHD is not merely about meeting criteria-- what does being rigorous in research mean? I know all about Husserl/Heidegger/ ethnography etc etc. Yet in addition to meeting University and research criteria, we need to be able to think. There are thinkers out here-- without PHD-- that have not met/ have disagreed with set criteria.Yet such thinkers are excluded-- because they do not fit the criteria. What at the end of it all-- is done with the results of research? Why do I meet PHD individuals who quote research-- but are unaware of studies that were done 20years ago--- concluding the same thing? The answer is-- application of results-- not rigorous research.Again, PHD is supported if somebody agrees with the proposition either politically or according to the establishment.
Hi. some Universities pay-- some do not as they argue it is with the teaching rate paid. Others pay same as teaching rate which is better as I agree, prep takes a long time even for an experienced lecturer. Your hourly rate also varies re your grade and experience. You really need a contract specifying rates etc. Also- sessions if you are just covering, should be already fully prepared but I know you always have additional prep to do-- which is not usually paid for or acknowledged.
There are so many issues here as I read, problems with supervisor, jumping through hoops, cannot think of acceptable topic. The question is--- why do a PHD at all? IS a PHD about meeting supervisor and University criteria? Is it about standing up and declaring you have a PHD? There are many thinking people without PHDs. I find (with others) it depends if your topic is of interest to supervisor eg worms (somebody will tell me that is their topic now---!) and if you yourself are-- and if you meet Uni criteria-- eg they want a quantitative approach for a qualitative study. PHD seems to open doors-- but at what cost?? Some cannot still get jobs even with a PHD. PHD however, does get your work in print more easily and enable you to speak at conferences but you also need practical skills.Yet those without PHDs- or even Degrees- have much to say, being thinking people. With a PHD, individuals still need to listen to others who do not possess one. Great work has been done even without a PHD throughout history.Possessing a PHD does not mean you have read everything about that topic--- I have wonderful classic refs from 20years ago that few are aware of but still relevant-- becuase the same things are occurring today. The question is why??
Hi. For children, there are actually dentists specially trained; also community dentists (NHS) for those with phobias. Wish my dentist suggested it for my son years ago-- he goes no problem now! Remember play therapists also-- they are excellent.Yes- the whole of paying for treatment- dentist, prescriptions, care homes- needs reviewing but how is the Government to fund it?
Hi.I do not know what your experiences are. I am sure there are exceptions but I will be vary careful before embarking on PHD again. Depends if your face fits in many Universities as a colleague was actually told. Also if the supervisor has experience in your research. Also if the Uni is slanted to what your research approach is. You need to fit through hoops. Does not matter how ingenious you are. Some professors think your facts are wrong when they are correct.PHD is being a member of a club.If they dislike you, they give your idea to someone else. I do know there are genuine people out there; I have met them. 2ors ago I wanted to research something which was not politically accepted. Now it is; everybody is doing it. Now I help others research and gain their PHD!
Hi. Wish I could well advise re this-- my field is not lab!! However, situations like this occur so much in every discipline. Doing a PHD can be hindered very much by inappropriate supervision/ blocking of new ideas/ plagiarism etc. It is so sad because new talent is then not discovered and people with ideas and motivation are restricted in their development. I can only think that you could submit a written report higher up. The problem is as students, when we do this, we risk jeopardising our position with those who are established and who we may well need in the future.
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