Paving the way: Creating space for the doctoral journey

TitlePaving the way: Creating space for the doctoral journey
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsSpiro, J
Refereed DesignationRefereed
Secondary AuthorsButcher, D, Greenway, K, Harding, J, Twissell, A
JournalEducational Journal of Living Theories
Start Page75
Date Published06/2015
Type of Articleliving theory

When I was a doctoral student, I recognized a transformation in both perception and experience, from doctoral journey as compliance and imposition to doctoral journey as empowerment. It enabled me to clarify my values and understand how these are lived in practice, as an educator-researcher-writer. ‘Creating space’ emerged as a founding principle that connected these different roles and provided congruence between them. In becoming a doctorate supervisor myself, my concern was how to offer ‘creative space’ for others to clarify their own values in a cycle of self-discovery and empowerment. My wish was that others too might experience the doctoral journey as a means of finding a voice and extending it to a wider audience. In this paper I share the process of transforming my own journey into a pathway for others, through the founding principle of ‘creating space’, and demonstrate what this means in practice through co-authorship with doctoral students who were part of my doctoral writing programme.

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