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Anikin V. M., Izmailov I. V., Lyachin A. V., Poizner B. N. Dissertation as a Scientific Narrative . Izvestiya of Saratov University. Physics , 2019, vol. 19, iss. 4, pp. 317-326. DOI: 10.18500/1817-3020-2019-19-4-317-326

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Dissertation as a Scientific Narrative

Anikin Valery Mikhailovich, Saratov State University
Izmailov Igor Valeryevich, Tomsk State University
Lyachin Alexandr Vladimirovich, Tomsk State University
Poizner Boris Nikolaevich, Tomsk State University, radiophysical faculty

The article draws the attention of the authors of dissertations (undergraduates, graduate students, applicants) to the narrative aspect of the dissertation. Signs of the concept of “narrative” (from the English “narrative” is “story”) can be fully attributed to the dissertation (from the Latin “dissertatio” is “research”). This is already indicated by the source of the term: it comes from the Latin word narrare (“tell”), which is related to gnarus (“knowing something, knowledgeable”) and ignorantia (“ignorance, inexperience”). The thesis should possess the qualities of an “explanatory story”, which reveals from the position of the author the history of knowledge in the field of research and the history of the author’s own creative growth, accompanied (on the basis of the analysis) by the formulation of causal relationships between the described phenomena. The success of this situation in the process of writing a dissertation is associated with the development of the ability of undergraduates and graduate students to reflect on the scientific text and their internal “transformations”, i.e. transitions from the role of “listener” to the role of “storyteller”, and vice versa, and also to control the type of discourse.

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