ERIC Number: EJ1163927
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
From Student to Graduate: Four Learners' Perspectives of the Professional Doctorate Journey
Goodall, Helen J.; Huggins, Valerie A.; Webber, Louise A.; Wickett, Karen L.
Management in Education, v31 n4 p180-186 Oct 2017
This paper presents a consideration of the experiences and perspectives of four female academics who are the first graduates of a new Professional Doctorate programme at a university in the South West of England. The authors position themselves simultaneously as researchers and research participants, engaging in collaborative autoethnography to reflect critically on their experiences. Key issues are identified, including the need to navigate some significant shifts in identity throughout the doctorate, and how the course structure and peer relationships supported each of the authors to reach their end goal--the successful completion of their studies. The paper concludes with a discussion of the potential implications of the authors' experiences for leaders of professional doctorates. These include student/lecturer contracts and actively facilitating opportunities for students to establish relationships for peer support.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Teacher Student Relationship, College Faculty, Peer Relationship, Females, Women Faculty, Ethnography, Personal Narratives, Educational Experience, Self Concept, Professional Identity, Graduates, Foreign Countries, Family Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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