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Online Communities of Practice and doctoral study: working women with children resisting perpetual peripherality

Cronshaw, S, Stokes, P and McCulloch, A (2022) Online Communities of Practice and doctoral study: working women with children resisting perpetual peripherality. Journal of Further and Higher Education. ISSN 0013-1326

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This article examines the lived experience of working women with ‘children’ (defined as nder 18 years old (NSPCC, 2020) undertaking part-time PhD study. While there exists wide literature on the isolation of doctoral experience, ‘mothers’ and all this identity may entail, has been overlooked. Drawing on 35 in-depth interviews, the experiences of this marginalised group in the higher education sector are surfaced. The study’s findings underline the tension between the public and private domains, and also the important role online Communities of Practice can play in overcoming peripherality and helping to manage the context of gendered organizational cultures. The article highlights the role of online Communities of Practice in enhancing the experience of an otherwise marginalized group, providing a space for self-expression, the development of a shared repertoire, and mutual engagement. It also has resonance in relation to the changing situation generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Further and Higher Education on 1/2/22, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0309877X.2021.2023734
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1301 Education Systems
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Business & Management (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Routledge
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2021 11:43
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2022 12:00
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/0309877X.2021.2023734
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15945

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