The reflections of a new researcher: the spiralling vortex of a doctoral journey

Carter, Susan (2013) The reflections of a new researcher: the spiralling vortex of a doctoral journey. In: Metaphors for, in and of education research. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, pp. 104-117. ISBN 978-1-4438-4398-0


There is mounting research that the doctoral journey is difficult, time consuming and at times all consuming. The journey is stressful, full of heightened emotions, from ecstasy to devastation. Doctoral students need strategies in order to achieve their goal and maintain their well-being. This paper discusses university, collective group and individual practices that may enable those coping with stressors to maintain their well-being. It investigates some of the stressors faced by doctoral students and early career researchers, through the metaphor of a vortex and highlights some of the strategies that can be useful in promoting well-being.

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Additional Information: © 2013 by Warren Midgley, Karen Trimmer and Andy Davies and contributors. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright owner. Chapter 7.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 23 May 2013 02:11
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 04:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: well-being; stress; student doctoral journey; interpretivist
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment

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