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ERIC Number: EJ1100762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0158-7919
Doctoral Students' Identity Positioning in Networked Learning Environments
Koole, Marguerite; Stack, Sara
Distance Education, v37 n1 p41-59 2016
In this study, the authors explored identity positioning as perceived by doctoral learners in online, networked-learning environments. The study examined two distance doctoral programs at a Canadian university. It was a qualitative study based on methodologies involving open coding and discourse analysis. The social positioning cycle, based on social positioning theory, was used as a theoretical lens guiding the analysis and organization of the data. The results indicate that distance doctoral students experience identity positioning across multiple aspects of their lives including, but not limited to, their social, intimate, professional, and academic contexts. The participants' descriptions of their experiences highlight their ways of managing their relationships--through degrees of sharing, withdrawing, prioritizing, rationalizing, and changing practices. The results of this research suggest a need for additional studies of the distance doctoral experience and how institutions can better support learners and increase completion rates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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