ERIC Number: EJ1139900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
Chronotopes and Timespace Contexts: Academic Identity Work Revealed in Narrative Fiction
Pick, David; Symons, Christine; Teo, Stephen T. T.
Studies in Higher Education, v42 n7 p1174-1193 2017
In this paper, academic identity work is explored through an examination of its portrayal in a work of narrative fiction using a conceptual tool from literary studies. It is found that such an approach provides insights that would otherwise be difficult to uncover by more conventional methods. The analysis reveals academic identity work as an ongoing narrative process of interplay between internal (individual) perspectives, actions, and stories and external (organisational and institutional) influences. It is also found that timespace contexts--chronotopes--play an important role. They show that maintaining a coherent academic identity is fraught with challenges, particularly when navigating the multitude of perspectives on what it means to become an academic.
Descriptors: Professional Identity, College Faculty, Novels, Self Concept, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Family Work Relationship, Childhood Attitudes, Career Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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