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Choosing My Own Adventures: A Short Story of My Doctoral Journey

Pithouse-Morgan, Kathleen



Brent Bradford


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.

Online Publication Date Oct 12, 2020
Publication Date Sep 20, 2020
Deposit Date Sep 22, 2022
Publicly Available Date Sep 27, 2022
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Pages 27-35
Book Title The doctoral journey : international educationalist perspectives
Chapter Number 2
ISBN 9789004396371
Keywords arts-based research; doctoral journey; doctorate; education; higher education; narrative; poetic inquiry; self-study; teacher education
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