Reflections on Learning, Life and Work

Completing Doctoral Studies in Mid and Later Life and Career

  • Maureen Ryan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Seeking Time Out to Reflect in Doctoral Study

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lynda Achren
      Pages 3-15
    3. Ben Anwyl
      Pages 17-23
    4. Megan Evans
      Pages 39-50
  3. The Influence of Life Experience on Research Topic Selection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Sue Buchan
      Pages 53-65
    3. Margi Gibb
      Pages 67-74
    4. Julie Gross Mcadam
      Pages 75-85
    5. Neil Hooley
      Pages 87-98
    6. Jennifer Kamp
      Pages 99-113
    7. Loy Lichtman
      Pages 115-131
    8. Sue Erica Smith
      Pages 133-145
  4. The Influence of Work Experience on Research Topic Selection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Berise Heasly
      Pages 149-152
    3. Tanya Paterson
      Pages 153-163
    4. Kerry Ryan
      Pages 165-182
    5. Sarah Tartakover
      Pages 183-194
    6. Jo Williams
      Pages 195-206
  5. Ways Forward After the Doctorate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Mark Brophy
      Pages 209-221
    3. Marg Malloch
      Pages 223-230
    4. Rose Mulraney
      Pages 231-244
    5. Tracey Ollis
      Pages 245-254
    6. Flossie Peitsch
      Pages 255-272
    7. Petre Santry
      Pages 273-280
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 281-284

About this book


This book records the stories of doctoral study experiences of the twenty-two writers. These research degree experiences are embedded in the lives and careers of the writers and the twenty-two distinctive projects draw from those individual lives and careers. The authors write about meeting the continuing demands of older and younger family members and of their struggles with ill health and work place demands while working through their studies. There is also the joy of coming to see themselves and being seen as research scholars and supporting and celebrating with others as they move through candidature proposals and ethics applications to graduation. Apart from the stories that bring the writers to their particular projects and that colour their individual journeys, storying methodology is most often selected for the research, all of which is undertaken within the arts, humanities and education. Phenomenology, narrative, ethnography are central to most of the studies and the detailed accounts of each research topic, methods and outcomes locate each of the research projects in rich bodies of knowledge. Valued writers and readers in these fields, Mary Beattie and Elaine Martin have read each reflection and provided in turn a foreword and an afterword which bookend the volume and further enrich these reflections on learning, life and work.


research methodology

Editors and affiliations

  • Maureen Ryan
    • 1
  1. 1.Victoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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