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Identity-Trajectories of Early Career Researchers

Unpacking the Post-PhD Experience

  • Lynn McAlpine
  • Cheryl Amundsen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 3-9
    3. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 11-23
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 27-56
    3. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 57-70
    4. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 71-72
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-74
    2. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 75-93
    3. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 95-106
    4. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 107-124
    5. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 149-150
  5. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 153-172
    3. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 173-197
    4. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 199-206
    5. Lynn McAlpine, Cheryl Amundsen
      Pages 207-209
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 211-220

About this book

Introduction

The book asks how we can make sense of career paths for PhD graduates, something that has rarely been systematically studied. It offers a coherent synthesis of the empirically-based insights that arose from the experiences of 48 early career researchers, who were participants in a 10-year qualitative longitudinal research program. The book has the power to inform other researchers’ conceptual and methodological approaches to the study of post-PhD career trajectories. 

The authors draw on the conceptual lens of ‘identity-trajectory’, which emerged from their research program, to examine the decision-making processes underpinning the careers of PhD graduates, whether contingent researchers and teachers, assistant professors within the academy or professionals elsewhere. The book highlights the role of personal agency in negotiating academic and non-academic work and careers within broader personal lives. It will be compelling reading for researchers and
students working in the areas of Education and Sociology, particularly those with an interest in examining career development and decision-making.

Keywords

Higher Education Identity-Trajectory Career skills career development academic career early career researcher personal development in academia research methods in education

Authors and affiliations

  • Lynn McAlpine
    • 1
  • Cheryl Amundsen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Simon Fraser UniversityBurnaby, BCCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95287-8
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-95286-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-95287-8
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