The East African School of Higher Education Studies (EASHED) coordinated yet another enriching experience, in which doctoral students in the College of Education and External Studies (CEES) shared academic experiences with members of staff.
The day’s presenter, Michael Walimbwa, gave a presentation on the ‘Use of basic tools and applications in searching and selecting relevant literature: experiences of doctoral candidates.’ He shared on how to outsource information for literature review using available technology and search engines, like Google scholar, and how to access online journals. He also gave highlights on how to use technology in referencing and presentation of different writing formats like APA, Chicago etc.
Professor J.C.S Musaazi, the former Principal of CEES, gave a keynote on writing a PhD literature review. He stressed that students always face challenges in writing and selecting the literature review. “At a PhD level, a literature review should be comprehensive, analytical, current, critical, and selective and should give a way forward. Being an authority in what you have written depends on your literature review,” he emphasised. “A Phd should not be a disaster to the society. At PhD level, you are trained to apply your creativity,” he added.
The discussions that ensued put emphasis on the need for ample background and literature review in submitted work. It was also noted that students needed to weave the literature review to the discussion chapter of their dissertations/theses, and giving the work a logical sequence. The colloquium also involved a poster presentation by Wilson Magezi, a PhD student from the EASHED, on the “Road Map in the long walk towards my PhD”. Magezi gave hints on how to select a research topic and how to relate with Supervisors; calling for mutual respect.
In his concluding remarks, the colloquium Chair, Dr. Ronald Bisaso, also emphasised the need to respect supervisor because of their seniority and competences. The next colloquium is scheduled for Thursday 13th March 2014 at 9.00am. Dr. Anthony Mugagga Muwagga, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Principal, CEES will be the lead presenter on the topic, ‘Wrestling with Philosophy in Research: Implications for the methodological choices.’