Looking for, Learning from and Finally Becoming the Voice of Experience: A Communities of Practice Perspective on the Doctoral Journey

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Malhotra, Aastha. 2019. "Looking for, Learning from and Finally Becoming the Voice of Experience: A Communities of Practice Perspective on the Doctoral Journey." Machin, Tanya M., Clara, Marc and Danaher, Patrick Alan (ed.) Traversing the doctorate: reflections and strategies from students, supervisors and administrators. Switzerland. Springer. pp. 237-251
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Looking for, Learning from and Finally Becoming the Voice of Experience: A Communities of Practice Perspective on the Doctoral Journey

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3337
Book TitleTraversing the doctorate: reflections and strategies from students, supervisors and administrators
Authors
AuthorMalhotra, Aastha
EditorsMachin, Tanya M., Clara, Marc and Danaher, Patrick Alan
Page Range237-251
SeriesPalgrave Studies in Education Research Methods
Chapter Number13
Number of Pages15
Year2019
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISBN9783030237301
9783030237318
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-23731-8_13
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-23731-8_13
Abstract

The doctoral journey can be highly individualised, complex and ambiguous. I, in this chapter, reflect retrospectively on my personal doctoral journey and involvement in an informal community of practice (CoP). I examine the process in the light of existing research into CoPs, participation and other learning frameworks. I observe that, while the administrative guidelines were important measures of my progress against the institutional requirements, it was my evolving experience in the CoP from being the ‘newbie’ to becoming the one supporting others by sharing my knowledge and experiences that increased my confidence, and served as an indicator of my growth as a researcher. The content lends credence to the value of embracing CoPs in doctoral programmes, provides a useful frame to view the doctoral journey and sheds light on an individual’s evolution while she or he is a part of a CoP.

Keywordsdoctoral programme; community of practice (CoP)
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390303. Higher education
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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