Why has my world become more confusing than it used to be?” Professional doctoral students reflect on the development of their identity.

Rayner, Stephen and Lord, Janet and Parr, Elizabeth and Sharkey, Rachel (2015) Why has my world become more confusing than it used to be?” Professional doctoral students reflect on the development of their identity. Management in Education, 29 (4). pp. 158-163. ISSN ISSN: 0892-0206, ESSN: 1741-9883

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Abstract

This article reports on research into the experience of professional doctoral students and is written by the students themselves. We, the authors, are currently studying for the Doctorate in Education at the University of Manchester, UK. We place our work in the context of recent empirical research into the development of doctoral student identity, noting that these literatures are usually authored by programme directors and supervisors. Using a theoretical approach based on the work of Etienne Wenger, we examine how the aims and curriculum of our programme interplay with our professional learning. In interviews with our cohort of students, we explore the complexity and non-linearity of learning. We do not find a simple progression from practitioner to researcher; rather, we find a fluid and complex relationship between those two identities. We consider the extent to which Wenger’s modes of identification are a useful conceptual tool for understanding this interplay and for theorising about our findings. We conclude that there is further scope for the development of our theoretical framework by drawing on other scholarly work on identity development and reflexivity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version of which is published in the Sage Publications journal Management in Education. Management in Education is available online at http://mie.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/04/29/0892020614567247
Keywords: Identity, professional doctorates, professional learning, Wenger
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Teacher Education
Depositing User: Philippa Williams
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2016 10:12
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 10:12
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1097

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