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Noelene Callaghan

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The early steps in a Journey to complete PhD

Posted on 14 March, 2013 at 19:00

Completing a PhD is renowned of being extremely complex and time consuming, so my expectations for it to be rather simple, is incredibly unrealistic. I have dedicated over 50 hours in the last week alone re-writing my research proposal and curating my research instruments and although this process has been extremely productive and purposeful, I already know that it is one of the numerous steps that I must complete in order to re-do it all over again.


The research proposal of any research study is just as significant as the other steps in the study. That is, all of the steps in a reseach study are equally as important. If one aspect is completed incorrectly or is rushed, the rest of the process will fall on its knees. My biggest concern for my research is that I am trying to predict what the future will hold so when my research is published around 2018-2020, the data in it will still be relevant. As I am investigating the uses of social networking sites in education and I am concerned that the social networking sites that we use today will not exist in 6-8 years time. We now live in a society where digital assets are liquid and vulnerable. Perhaps this will allow future research to take place to compare the types of social networking sites schools use and how teachers are required to constantly update their own digital skills through professional learning?


I have decided to dedicate at least two hours daily to working on my PhD, as I am finding that when I am at work, I completely ignore my studies on these days. Needless to say, those days which I am not working, I am more than prepared to spend 10-15 hours working on it. I recall a conversation that I had with my supervisor - "it doesnt matter how long it takes, just at least that it is done right" - EXACTLY! And that is what I am prepared to do. I am on track for my next deadline and although I am yet to find a 'study-buddy', I am determined to find one and submit something that I am proud to call my own.

Categories: 2013, Research