Mid-Life Women Doctoral Students Recover Voice in a Community of Scholarly Caring.Report as inadecuate

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This project examined the experiences of mid-life, female doctoral students from a feminist perspective, focusing on their development of personal and scholarly voice. An 18-month project, entitled Doctoral Study as Heroic Journey, was both a cooperative inquiry and a curricular innovation that involved an experiential workshop and four reunions during which the workshop experience was evaluated. Ten culturally diverse female doctoral students in education and nursing ranging in age from the middle thirties to middle fifties participated in the project. Extensive excerpts from the transcripts of the reunions are presented to show the challenges and experiences that the women faced as students, focusing on the three phases of their journey--awakening, initiation, and transformation. The project found that initiation into the scholarly identity was a psychological, emotional, relational, and spiritual, as well as, an intellectual experience for the participants. (Contains 29 references.) (MDM)

Descriptors: Adults, Doctoral Programs, Educational Attitudes, Females, Feminism, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Mentors, Middle Aged Adults, Workshops

Author: Heinrich, K. T.; And Others

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8301&id=ED409760

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