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A co/autoethnography of peer support and PhDs: Being, doing, and sharing in academia

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posted on 2022-08-02, 01:59 authored by Karen McPhail-Bell, Michelle L Redman-Maclaren
As doctoral students, we were well aware of the social, cultural, and economic isolation experienced by many students working towards a PhD. In this paper, we provide an account of an informal peer support model that assisted us to successfully complete our PhDs. We used co/autoethnography to write into each other’s story, seeking to improve our research practice through creative reflection. Data included over 215 emails generated through our “weekly check-ins” during our PhDs, for a period of over 18 months. Following the iterative nature of co/autoethnography, we generated further data through collaborative analysis and reflexive, creative writing. Analysis involved each of us conducting inductive analysis of the data separately, followed by a collaborative process of checking and co-identifying themes, and collaborative writing of the co/autoethnography. We identified three major themes in the data: Being an Academic, Doing Academia, and Sharing in Academia. We continue to transform through the co/autoethnography and lay bare our experience of peer support for the purpose of supporting others undertaking a PhD, including ways to approach writing (or support writing), and ways to navigate the corporate university setting. Keywords: Co/Autoethnography, PhD, Peer Support, Mentoring, Critical Reflection, Higher Degree Research, Doctoral, Reflective Journaling.

History

Volume

24

Issue

5

Start Page

1087

End Page

1105

Number of Pages

19

eISSN

2160-3715

ISSN

1052-0147

Publisher

Nova Southeastern University

Additional Rights

CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • Yes

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Qualitative Report

Article Number

ARTN 5