Review of previous research, both for targeting of topical literature on doctoral
dissertation literature reviews and doctoral studies, as well as, for highlighting the aspects
of building research methodology components for study, brought about several themed
sections. The researcher first read in depth on historical or foundational accounts on the
history of the PhD as a higher education degree in research; the international trace of its
beginnings, and moving forward to the use of online delivery of doctoral degrees. In the
last generation, online degrees in higher education have gained acceptance and the
growth has not peaked. PhD faculty mentoring of dissertation researchers has also moved
into the online environment by use of email, and other electronic applications. The recent
literature presented was aimed at highlighting how doctoral mentoring relationships have
been explored using phenomenological methods to describe perspectives of both the
mentor and mentee-researcher during all phases of dissertation planning and writing.
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For that focus, to an exclusion of other possible angles, a limitation was evident.
The traditional component tasks involved in preparing research questions,
constructing of a theoretic and conceptual framework for study, finding any relation to an
existing paradigm structure and scholarship community, were explored in labeled
sections of this review. Paradigm structure was discussed as a foundational concept for
this study, noting the opinions and historical features of critics and well-wishers, and how
it progressed from rational scientific communities to current social and behavioral or
human sciences. This researcher continues to believe that adherence to paradigm
structure and community is vital to lending credibility and clout to qualitative and mixed
methods, and is a necessary factor in identifying an interpretive strategy for a researcher.
Also, knowing of these component parts of conceptual and theoretical framing, can
improve doctoral research practices.
Other themed sections of this review were focused on methodology foundations
and evolution of thinkers who brought phenomenology to present day popularity for use
with social sciences, business, and education; and, mentoring of doctoral researchers was
again a target, to an exclusion of other subjects possible. The dissertation-writing journey
was explored as a cognitive apprenticeship both between the mentor and mentee, and as
the work of a researcher to complete a dissertation. The regular, routine, or reoccurring
events of literature searching, reading of, selection for inclusion were subtopics and
together with the perspectives of faculty mentors on those tasks, the events were
described as a phenomenon. Chapter 5 will feature an analysis of these themes.