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ERIC Number: ED452227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 30
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Researching Pleasures: Care of the Scholarly Self.
Middleton, Sue
Michel Foucault wrote of the "well-managed life" as one that would require a certain "care of the self." As a preliminary to the exploration of the care of the self as a scholar, this paper explores why scholars choose to live the "researching life" in the first place. The experiences of 57 people who completed Ph.D.s in Education in New Zealand provide the data for this exploration. Interviews with these scholars show the important influences of family, community, and school, and for some, religious values. Whatever the eventual directions their scholarship took, the participants described their childhood and adolescent years as foundational. Many reported an early interest in problem solving. Of these 57 researchers, 31 had at some point taught in the primary schools. Working as a teacher, more than attending college, was likely to have inspired them to become education academics or professional researchers. Success at the master's degree level led them to continue to doctoral programs. For most of those interviewed, the experience of doing the Ph.D. could be conceptualized in terms used by Foucault: as a tension between being subject of disciplinary norms and crafting an independent scholarly self. (Contains 35 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand