Modernism vs Postmodernism: a critical narrativization of the Ph.D. journal. Is there an alternative?
In keeping with the 2008 RHD conference's theme of 'journeying' the argument presented in this chapter will encapsulate the changing nature and shifting pathways that an RHD student encountered as he travelled to completion of his PhD in order to become an early career academic. The candidate's contemplations describe the distance travelled and the possible road ahead. Attention is directed towards highlighting the differing forms of memberships and their influences which impacted on the journey and ultimately resulted in a change in the theoretical and methodological stance. By exploring these memberships, attention will be directed to the influences and subsequent relationships the candidate experienced in his journey. The vignettes that follow are collectively shaped and reshaped through such relationships and are viewed as pivotal points in the candidate's development as an early career academic. By recording these, specific meanings can be drawn forth and the RHD experience can be represented. More precisely, the candidate's experiences were fashioned through a process of enculturation, which collectively gave rise to a sense of being within a research community. This written account will further provide illustrations as to the effects of such a process as enculturation, and the ensuing professional and personal metamorphosis that took place along the way. The candidate's RHD travels are portrayed as being a journey along a continuum where memberships, relationships and cultural immersion moved him from being a passive listener to becoming an active participant in the research community. The chapter concludes by moving beyond the past and presents possible insights into future research pathways that are yet to be journeyed.
Educational Planet Shapers: Researching, Hypothesising, Dreaming the Future
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