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Special Issue: The Doctoral Journey: Perspectives

Author(s): Denise Batchelor | Roberto Di Napoli

Journal: Educate~
ISSN 1477-5557

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 13;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Abstract: A journey entails endings and beginnings, loss and retrieval. It offers a chance of change and renewal, but also a risk of disorientation and displacement. Researchers- as-voyagers, travel from familiar inner and outer landscapes into unknown territories with new horizons. They progress through an itinerary of developing meanings, both epistemological and ontological. Researchers-as-voyagers are engaged in a process of becoming, and of discovering a voice. The ‘voyage’ tenders experimental possibilities for alternative understandings of who they are, who they could be and what they know. It opens up transitional spaces for the formation of a new sense of identity. However, certain educational practices underpinning contemporary doctoral studies programmes may impede the process of self-authorship that is fundamental to research.
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