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    Trína chéile: Reflections on journaling in the border country of doctoral research

    McCormack, David (2014) Trína chéile: Reflections on journaling in the border country of doctoral research. Studies in the Education of Adults, 46 (2). pp. 163-176. ISSN 0266-0830

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    In this paper I reflect autoethnographically on my experiences of writing as part of a professional doctorate. I draw on the research journals that I kept during a particularly challenging time in the dissertation process and in particular on the method of journal writing that I used to help me through this time. This storied account offers an insight into the experience of being trína chéile, or all over the place, in the border country of adult learning. The discovery of negative capability and metaphoric sensibility emerge as significant supports on the journey. Encountering the work of Cixous during the dissertation and the work of Milner after its completion were key aspects of the thinking process. In this way writing is seen as a method of self-support in the border country of dissertation writing, one that supports emergent learning and that acts as an epistemological resource in using writing processes that are congruent with the discipline of adult education.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: autoethnography; border country; embodied knowledge; research journals;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 7874
    Depositing User: David McCormack
    Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2017 15:17
    Journal or Publication Title: Studies in the Education of Adults
    Publisher: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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