The insightfulness of the doctoral journey

Messenger, Wendy and Hurd, Azora J and Smith, Nicola (2016) The insightfulness of the doctoral journey. In: 26th EECERA Conference, 31st August to 3rd Sept 2016, Dublin, Eire.

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To reflect on the research learning process in achieving a successful PhD doctoral through a personalised narrative account and literature review. Doctoring uncertainty in mastering or crafting knowledge (Delamont & Atkinson), changes to social science doctoral policy (Hockey), Kolb's experiential learning cycle and Gibbs reflective cycle. Robson (2002) real world enquiry, May's (2002) is there value in understanding the research system and the contribution to the theory of knowledge and Bryman (2008) new paradigms and theories in the creation of original epistemology and the ontological commitments of the researcher. The primary research was based on a participatory case study methodology within an interpretivist paradigm enabling the researcher to co-design the method of an interactive group work programme with young participants. The ethical concerns in the research related to safeguarding, child protection and consent as the participants were aged 11-16 years. The gatekeepers from each research settings allocated a member of staff to assist to meet ethical requirements for each agency. The researcher was vetted through the Disclosure and Barring Service, the University of Birmingham's ethical committee and Birmingham City Councils research panel. The presentation has the perspective of providing direct first-hand evidence from the PhD journey, confirming steely determination around the researcher’s task centred approach leading to the eventual achievement of the doctoral goal. The intention is to provide direct learning attributed to undertaking the research journey whilst appreciating the need for the primary research process to meet good ethical research practices in achieving the desired PhD goal.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Researcher's ethics, PhD journey, PhD practices, participatory principles, learning cycle
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Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Health and Social Care > Social Work
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2016 15:14
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 15:18

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