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Making Sense of Theory: A Doctoral Student’s Narrative of Conceptualizing a Theoretical Framework

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Abstract


  • Making sense of theory plays an essential role in the life of a doctoral student. This

    autoethnographic study explores how I made sense of educational theory while conceptualizing

    the theoretical framework for my PhD proposal. A diary that I kept while designing the proposal

    serves as the data source to examine how my thinking about theory evolved. Findings

    demonstrate that the development of my thinking was a complex and circular process that

    progressed through nine phases. A particular challenge of conceptualizing a theoretical

    framework was the tight timeframe in which the proposal needed to be completed in order to

    start collecting data for my doctoral research. The paper concludes with a discussion about

    implications for language teacher educators and PhD supervisors.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Burri, M. (2017). Making Sense of Theory: A Doctoral Student’s Narrative of Conceptualizing a Theoretical Framework. BC Teal Journal, 2 (1), 25-35.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4211&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3205

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 25

End Page


  • 35

Volume


  • 2

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Making sense of theory plays an essential role in the life of a doctoral student. This

    autoethnographic study explores how I made sense of educational theory while conceptualizing

    the theoretical framework for my PhD proposal. A diary that I kept while designing the proposal

    serves as the data source to examine how my thinking about theory evolved. Findings

    demonstrate that the development of my thinking was a complex and circular process that

    progressed through nine phases. A particular challenge of conceptualizing a theoretical

    framework was the tight timeframe in which the proposal needed to be completed in order to

    start collecting data for my doctoral research. The paper concludes with a discussion about

    implications for language teacher educators and PhD supervisors.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Burri, M. (2017). Making Sense of Theory: A Doctoral Student’s Narrative of Conceptualizing a Theoretical Framework. BC Teal Journal, 2 (1), 25-35.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4211&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3205

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 25

End Page


  • 35

Volume


  • 2

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom