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Becoming a Scholar

Cross-Cultural Reflections on Identity and Agency in an Education Doctorate

Distributed for UCL Press

Becoming a Scholar

Cross-Cultural Reflections on Identity and Agency in an Education Doctorate

A window into the lives of nine non-traditional doctoral students and their journeys to become scholars.

This book provides a window into the lives of nine non-traditional doctoral students. As mature, part-time, international students enrolled in a professional doctorate program, the students reflect on the transformation process of becoming scholars, as their narratives provide breadth and depth to themes that represent a diverse cross-section of cultures, identities, and communities. The volume brings the “human face” behind the doctoral journey to the forefront, as the narratives draw much-needed attention to the personal journey that inevitably parallels and intersects with the academic journey. Although the narratives are drawn from a professional doctor-in-education program based in the United Kingdom, the struggles will resonate with a much wider range of doctoral students and academics, sparking lively discussion, debate, and reflection. A must-read for students preparing to embark on the doctoral journey, this book will be essential reading for leaders of doctoral programs who wish to equip students with important knowledge about the challenges ahead.
 


192 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

Education: Higher Education


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Table of Contents

List of contributors

Foreword

Bryan Cunningham

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1. Belonging and becoming in academia: a conceptual framework
Lynn P. Nygaard and Maria Savva
2. A tale of two languages: first-language attrition and second-language immersion
Barbora Necas and Susi Poli
3. I found my tribe online: belonging in the context of precarity
Muireann O’Keeffe
4. A view of the Western university through the eyes of a non-Western student
Mohammad Abdrabboh (Al-Batran)
5. Navigating the pass: distance, dislocation and the viva
David Channon, with Maria Savva and Lynn P. Nygaard
6. Understanding the personal significance of our academic choices
Maria Savva
7. Academic identity interrupted: reconciling issues of culture, discipline and profession
Rab Paterson
8. Into the fray: becoming an academic in my own right
Lynn P. Nygaard9. The cultural encounters of women on the periphery
Safa Bukhatir and Susi Poli10. The ‘peripheral’ student in academia: an analysis
Maria Savva and Lynn P. NygaardIndex

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