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A Reflexive Autoethnography of Doctoral Supervision: Lone Mother, Lone Researcher

Nawaz Bibi, S and Grant, DK and Stronach, I and Frankham, J (2016) A Reflexive Autoethnography of Doctoral Supervision: Lone Mother, Lone Researcher. International Review of Qualitative Research, 8 (4). pp. 419-441. ISSN 1940-8447

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Abstract

This article traces elements of the learning of a doctoral student. It concerns attempts to bridge a number of gaps between supervisor and student in the process of studying for a Ph.D. In particular, it portrays differences in culture, gender, family, age and experience and how those differences influenced the thinking of the student. A layered discourse of readings, misreadings and re-readings is developed, drawing on the substantive literature on ‘lone motherhood’, on studies of doctoral supervision and on anthropological insights into the nature of cultural differences. It is a case study in finding the ‘missing’ (or not yet known) person who is the lone mother and the lone researcher who ‘reveals’ herself to herself through interaction with her supervisors. The supervisors are also ‘rewritten’ in their situated self-understanding during this process.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been accepted for publication in International Review of Qualitative Research
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1399 Other Education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: School of Education
School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: University of California Press
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2015 15:26
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 10:43
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/723

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