Authors: Farhad Daneshgar and Stephen Marshal
This study describes the planning process of a major multi-perspective multi-disciplinary research project that aims to enhance effectiveness of the Higher Degree Research (HDR) training process in computing-related disciplines by applying the threshold concept theories and framework. Two specific disciplines, the computer science and information systems were chosen for the study that closely represent the two ends of a wide range of computing discipline spectrum within the faculties of science, engineering, business and education. The ultimate goal of the study, when completed, is to enhance productivity of research training process in computing schools.The fore shadowed problem is that for many of HDR students it takes a long time to produce a specific result expected to bed one in much shorter periods of time; and yet at some stage the student seems to get over this hurdle almost overnight. By adopting a threshold concept framework this study extends existing studies by specifically targeting HDR process in computing disciplines, and provides plans for a wide range of studies that lead to identification of the threshold concept. The issue under development in the current study is how can the process of overcoming the above hurdles be facilitated? How can the productivity of various resources utilized during the above long and frustrating waiting periods be increased by shortening the waiting times?
Keywords: threshold concept; research training; PhD supervision;computer science education; transformative learning