The whisperings of a Doctor of Philosophy student's phenomenography

Tyler, Mark A. (2008) The whisperings of a Doctor of Philosophy student's phenomenography. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 4 (2). pp. 6-14.

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“Yes, I’m going to enrol in a PhD”. There are those who relish in the proclamation, and others who shiver at its mere whisper. From the position of one who shivers at the whisper, this paper traces my doctoral journey from the budding concept, through the public announcement and resting (to take a breath!) at the position of attaining full candidature. In this article, I capture and express what I have used to sustain me thus far against the conceptual challenges I have experienced along the way. This journey through my inner terrain depicts a kaleidoscope of decisions, and emotions that have produced a diversity of ideas, some of which have flourished and died. Yet it is those ideas, seeded from past experience, which have sustained and been partly kind. These have a strong emotional component, and it appears that they have fuelled my progress, yet also fuelled degrees of doubt, a paradox that facilitates and restricts. Phenomenography is used to make sense of this experience. This is my struggle for conceptual ground and workspace. This paper describes the resources I bring to bear in reflecting and reflexing around my choice of topic, my sense of identity as an academic, my PhD progress and my collaborative alliances, as I make guesses about ‘what might be’ and stand to take another step forward.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2008 06:07
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: doctorate; dissertation; phenomenography; critical spirit; impostership; cultural suicide; lost innocence; roadrunning; community; teacher reflections; teacher identity
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220311 Philosophical Psychology (incl. Moral Psychology and Philosophy of Action)
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390301 Continuing and community education
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500311 Philosophical psychology (incl. moral psychology and philosophy of action)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes

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