I think I have considered about five options but here are three of them, including the one that I currently favour – Model 1. In each case, I have detailed the strengths and weaknesses of the respective models as I see it. I think therefore it is a case of bringing the sections I have written into the structure, chapters, and sections as currently conceived, to test the concept and then determine, with the help of my supervisors, whether I have made the right choice or whether another structure would best serve my research, practice, and purpose.
My favoured structure maps the BAR model which demonstrates that through my research and practice I acquire knowledge in three different ways as follow:
- Knowing through Being (noumenological knowing)
- Knowing through Action (phenomenological knowing)
- Knowing through Reflection (eidological knowing)
These three ways of knowing developed in Ryan and Price (2022) are derived from Harman’s Fourfold Model and foreground the epistemology of practice. In using this structure, it demonstrates that my PhD is truly practice led and reflective and reflexive in developing knowledge.
This model is based on a more traditional structure for a PhD and prefaces the practice-led nature of the PhD by placing that chapter at the front of the thesis and articulating how research has been derived and directed by practice.
This model again seeks to move away from a traditional format with the Influence chapter referring largely to ontology and epistemology, Inspiration is to all intents and purposes the traditional contextual review and, Exploration is the substantive chapter about practice.
While all models have some merits. and it may be the case that in practice the final thesis will be a combination of them, at this stage it seems to me that Model is the most reflective of the practice and research I have undertaken.