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ERIC Number: EJ865696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Animal Research Practices and Doctoral Student Identity Development in a Scientific Community
Holley, Karri
Studies in Higher Education, v34 n5 p577-591 Aug 2009
This article examines doctoral student identity development in regard to engagement with research practices. Using animal research as a contextual lens, it considers how students develop an identity congruent to their perception of the community which facilitates their social and cognitive activities. The shared, interpretive understanding among members of a community legitimizes group activities. Students demonstrate conflicting responses to the act of animal research: first, as an emotional, empathic layperson and second, as a detached scientist. Tension exists in regard to these dualistic responses as the students move through their degree program. Not only did the skillful mastery of such research practices facilitate a student's socialization to the field, but it also serves as a mechanism to foster integration within the larger scientific community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A