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ERIC Number: EJ855790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1077-8004
Growing Up: A Journey toward Theoretical Understanding
Dillow, Celia
Qualitative Inquiry, v15 n8 p1338-1351 2009
This article describes a struggle and a journey. It shows a struggle between the need to be scholarly and the desire to be evocative; it travels carefully along a path toward less certainty. The article discusses how the author, as a doctoral student, was aware of the need to address her innate resistance to "use" theory and how she struggled to assimilate this into her research project and text. The author says the journey toward this understanding was akin to a growth spurt--sometimes painful and always surprising. Here, the author uses a narrative style to explore approaches to theory, knowledge, and representation and to show this struggle in the context of her research into lived experience. The author records the way how she constructed her own theoretical framework and show the dawning realization that decisions about approach and method are indeed theoretically informed and supported. Finally, the article discusses how the author faced her theories about theories and discovered that the journey is important and that certainty is an elusive destination.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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