More than just a brain

emotions and the doctoral experience

Sara Cotterall

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Abstract

While the epistemological and ontological challenges faced by doctoral candidates are well documented, the same cannot be said of the emotional dimensions of the journey. This paper draws on Activity Theory in exploring the role of emotion in the longitudinal doctoral learning experiences of six international PhD candidates studying in Australia. Analysis reveals that writing and supervision practices are common sites of tension but that the prevailing culture of silence militates against systemic change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-187
Number of pages14
JournalHigher Education Research and Development
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • doctoral education
  • international students
  • student experience

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