Changing Lives

Women, Inclusion and the PhD

March 2010
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    10th March 2010
  • ISBN 9781858564616
  • Language English
  • Pages 176 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9.25"

Heidi Safia Mirza, Penny Jane Burke, Jennifer Lavia, Gloria Gordon, Helen Gunter and Barbara Ann Cole each tells her story of completing doctoral studies at a particular personal and professional stage in her life. Their narratives reveal their experience of the resultant life changes and will speak to women who are at different stages in their own careers and studies.

Each author, by locating her story in the context in which she undertook her study, gives readers her reasons for embarking on such a demanding path. This raises issues about social movements, not least post colonial thinking and gender identity in a changing world as well as their personal and professional vulnerabilities.

The interplay between personal life and living the life of academia makes these stories essential reading for anyone about to embark on academic study or who has completed it. Study rarely comes out of smooth linear lives and readers will certainly relate to the stories, which will cause them to think about and engage with the authoring of their own identities. Their reflection will be aided by the conceptual tools regarding the self and others described in the book.

Changing Lives will be of interest to social scientists who want to engage with narrative and the story genre and with the use of conceptual tools regarding explanations of practice and change. The stories will be a resource for supporting research activity, particularly doctoral research, and will be essential reading for active researchers and professionals on professional development, Masters courses and doctorates to consider how to locate the self productively within their projects.

"I would certainly recommend this book to any woman contemplating a doctoral degree or anyone researching women who earn a PhD."

- NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) Journal

1) New Beginnings—Ongoing Lives
2) Accessing Doctoral Education: Processes of Becoming an Academic
3) “Good Vibrations”: Good Girls, Good Wives, Good Mothers and ...Good Heavens – a PhD!
4) Researching Life Itself: Human Centred Passionate Appreciation
5) Dusting Off My Doctorate
6) Teachers, Postcoloniality and the PhD
7) Love in the Cupboard: A Conversation About Success and Sadness When Race, Gender and Class Collide in the Making of an Academic Career
8) Beginnings and Endings

Barbara Ann Cole

Barbara Ann Cole is Senior Lecturer of Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education, University of London and Faculty Director of Post Graduate Research in the Faculty of Policy and Society. Her book telling the stories of women who were teachers of and mothers of children perceived as "different" won the NASEN/TES award for best academic book in 2005.

Helen Gunter

Helen Gunter is Professor of Educational Policy, Leadership and Management in the School of Education, University of Manchester. She is working on knowledge production in the field of educational leadership, and has recently completed a project on New Labour and school leadership as a policy strategy.