In my doctoral research, I studied my professional learning in action by teaching three graduate teacher education courses at a South African university. I took a narrative self-study stance toward research and pedagogy to explore my lived experience as a novice teacher educator. In this chapter, I present a short story of my doctoral journey and my consequent academic path. I describe how I played with visual and language arts-based approaches to develop alternative forms of data representation in my doctoral thesis. And I highlight how my doctoral research supervisor’s support was integral to my arts-based research explorations. Then, I illustrate how, as an outgrowth of my doctoral study, I have cultivated a substantive portfolio of scholarship that engages the power of poetic inquiry as a literary arts-based mode for researching and performing professional learning. To close, I consider the implications of my story. As a doctoral supervisor now myself, I am heedful of the possible longstanding impact of my responses to my students’ work. For other supervisors, I offer my story as an exemplar of the value of nourishing students’ creativity in their doctoral research adventures.
Pithouse-Morgan, K. (2020). Choosing My Own Adventures: A Short Story of My Doctoral Journey. In B. Bradford (Ed.), The doctoral journey : international educationalist perspectives (27-35). Brill Academic Publishers. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004444287_003