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Vestlandets forskerskole for pedagogikk- og utdanningsforskning (WNGER II)
WNGERII901

WNGERII901: Writing the synopsis in a doctoral thesis within educational sciences

Welcome to a online course in Writing the synopsis in a doctoral thesis presented by Western Norway Graduate School of Educational Research II (WNGER II). Lecturer: Professor Rune Johan Krumsvik, University of Bergen.

WNGER II

Hovedinnhold

The main course goal is to introduce PhD candidates to how to write the synopsis in an article-based PhD-thesis within educational sciences and show examples of how to complete the synopsis for a doctoral thesis. Throughout the course the Phd students will develop their understanding of the guidelines from The Norwegian qualifications framework, 3. cycle (PhD) (KD 2014), Recommended Guidelines for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) (Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions 2015) and the PhD-programs. Throughout the course, it will be discussed what kind of implications these guidelines can have for their synopsis of the PhD’s own doctoral thesis. The course aims to develop the PhD students’ abilities to write their own synopsis in a coherent and transparent way.

1 ECTS Credits: Reading of course literature, home assignments, and 80% attendance during lectures on the course day (8 hours).

3 ECTS Credits: Reading of course literature, home assignments, 80% attendance during lectures on the course day (8 hours) and approved academic paper.

After completing the course, the PhD students will have general knowledge about:

  • The purpose of a synopsis in an article based PhD thesis within educational sciences
  • The national and institutional guidelines for writing the synopsis
  • The main elements of the synopsis
  • The required coherence in the synopsis
  • The required transparency in the synopsis
  • Ways of presenting findings in your synopsis