Ending Up in Academia: A Story of Multiple Transitions

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This chapter presents an autoethnographic account of the transition from a school-leaver teacher trainee to an academic researcher and teacher. The focus is on the notion of ‘becoming’ treading through a range of professional roles and doctoral research. The doctorate explored school transitions by combining Pierre Bourdieu’s and Basil Bernstein’s theoretical concepts. This framework was then utilised to shift attention from the researched to the researcher’s multiple identities and acts as a tool to analyse the transition into academia as a process of becoming.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen Becoming Practitioner Researchers
Subtitle of host publicationFrom School Teacher to Academic
EditorsSu Lyn Corcoran, Claire Goodley, Alexandra Hay, Anna Olsson Rost
PublisherBerghahn Books Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781805396659
ISBN (Print)9781805396642
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Dec 2023

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