Multiple Theoretical Perspectives in the Thesis PhD: A foundation problem in PhD education
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Engineering
Recent research has exposed weaknesses in many of the conceptual foundations of PhD education processes as currently implemented. This paper focuses on the use of multiple theoretical perspectives in PhD research projects using the long thesis model of PhD study. The paper describes the epistemological factors impacting on the coherent inclusion of multiple theoretical perspectives necessary for undertaking multi, cross and inter-disciplinary PhD research projects and research involving triangulation of data sources. It uses as a background the five-chapter thesis-writing model of Dr. Chad Perry, widely accepted as an effective basis for writing successful PhD long theses that address the major concerns reported by examiners. The paper concludes with suggestions for modifications to Perry's five chapter PhD thesis model to include multiple theoretical perspectives and to extend its use for PhD candidates and researchers working in complex theoretical scenarios involving multiple disciplines and/or domains.