ERIC Number: ED409760
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-24
Mid-Life Women Doctoral Students Recover "Voice" in a Community of Scholarly Caring.
Heinrich, K. T.; And Others
This project examined the experiences of mid-life, female doctoral students from a feminist perspective, focusing on their development of personal and scholarly "voice." An 18-month project, entitled "Doctoral Study as Heroic Journey," was both a cooperative inquiry and a curricular innovation that involved an experiential workshop and four reunions during which the workshop experience was evaluated. Ten culturally diverse female doctoral students in education and nursing ranging in age from the middle thirties to middle fifties participated in the project. Extensive excerpts from the transcripts of the reunions are presented to show the challenges and experiences that the women faced as students, focusing on the three phases of their journey--awakening, initiation, and transformation. The project found that initiation into the scholarly identity was a psychological, emotional, relational, and spiritual, as well as, an intellectual experience for the participants. (Contains 29 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).