Unearthing dilemmas in thesis titles: Lived experience of a novice researcher in Sub-Saharan Africa
Francis Simui, Sophie Kasonde-Ngandu, Austin M Cheyeka, Fabian Kakana
This article documents in retrospect a 3 year lived experience of a novice Ph. D researcher in Sub-Saharan Africa using a Hermeneutics Phenomenology approach. One of the key findings indicates that the process of developing a meaningful thesis title is plagued with dilemmas that necessitates revision of the thesis title countless times. To this effect novice researchers should be prepared to mercilessly revise their thesis titles throughout the length of their doctoral study. Whereas changing from one thesis title to another could be a demanding and stressful task, it is during those moments that researchers begin to penetrate their personal worldview of knowledge creation and become innovators. Short of this, novice researchers operate at lower order of Bloom’s Taxonomy and remain ‘copy-paste’ type of researchers. It is at deeper layer of learning where higher order thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation reside. This then justifies the longer period it takes to arrive at a meaningful thesis title as it represents the highest order of cognitive reasoning referred to as ‘create’ stage as advanced in the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy.
Francis Simui, Sophie Kasonde-Ngandu, Austin M Cheyeka, Fabian Kakana. Unearthing dilemmas in thesis titles: Lived experience of a novice researcher in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 5, Issue 4, 2018, Pages 99-105