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Telling stories : a thematic narrative analysis of eight women's experiences

Birch, Lesley Jane (2011) Telling stories : a thematic narrative analysis of eight women's experiences. PhD thesis, Victoria University.

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Abstract

This research examined eight women’s stories about their PhD experiences to explore their lived experience of this journey and if gender was a consideration in their PhD journey. The aims of this thesis were firstly, to provide a more in-depth understanding of women’s decisions to participate in doctoral education; and secondly, to provide a more in-depth understanding of women’s experiences in undertaking doctoral degrees and the factors that increase their chances of successful completion. Using thematic narrative analysis, the study found that motivation to do a PhD is multi-faceted. In some instances the motivations were complementary, such as a personal interest in the topic and/or the discipline and wanting to begin or build an academic career. In some cases they were incongruent – being awarded a prestigious scholarship was motivation for one woman to start her degree, but the departmental pressure and expectations that went along with it were de-motivating.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
Uncontrolled Keywords: doctorate, higher education, university, tertiary, post-graduate studies, motivation, success, gender
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
FOR Classification > 1301 Education Systems
FOR Classification > 1399 Other Education
Depositing User: VU Library
Date Deposited: 16 May 2012 03:11
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:58
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/19398
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